My question is to the ‘Minister for the Coordination of Health and Human Services: COVID-19’.

Many people in my electorate are experiencing difficulty in accessing treatment from dermatologists as a result of the COVID-related border shutdowns.

There are shortages of dermatologists at the best of times – but these have now reached crisis point, especially considering that treatments for conditions like melanomas and other skin cancers, are typically urgently-needed.

The Victorian Government’s rules around the compulsory wearing of masks are also adding to the number of skin-related conditions and complaints requiring treatment.

So I ask: what representations has the Minister made to his New South Wales and South Australian counterparts about enabling cross-border exemptions for dermatologists and their patients – and what have been the results of these in relation to increasing the availability of these professional services?