Western Skin Institute remains open. 

If you have a fever, cough or feel unwell, please call to cancel your appointment and refer to the Australian Government Department of Health Website:

If you do attend, rest assure we adhere to the social distancing rules. We kindly ask that all patients attend their appointment on their own unless accompanying a minor or dependent. 

Waiting room chairs are reduced to very limited numbers to respect the space needed between each individual. 

These measures are designed to protect you and keep you safe.

    St. Albans

    About St. Albans Clinic

    The Western Skin Institute was established in 2015 to offer excellence in Skin Cancer management and Dermatologic Surgery.

    The St. Albans Clinic is a purpose-built clinic with three day-surgery theatres. Dr. Eugene Tan is a fellowship-trained surgeon who is accredited by the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS)

    Phone: 03 9367 6648

    Fax: 03 9367 7756


    Western Skin Institute does not provide dermatological advice via email. In Australia, your General Practitioner is an appropriate first port-of-call for discussion about your medical treatment. Whilst it is tempting to self diagnose, google treatment options and shop around for Specialists; this approach is not recommended. We do however, provide excellent information about Mohs surgery (see Services ), patient information (see Patient info) and make regular updates on the latest advances in Dermatology (see Skin Blog).


    Address: 378 Main Road West, St Albans, VIC 3021

    Opening Hours:

    Monday to Friday: 0900 - 1630

    (*note: some variation to clinic hours may exist due to Dr. Tan's commitment at various public hospitals*)




    Why do I need a referral?

    Whilst anyone can see a Specialist in Australia, to get a rebate from Medicare, you will require a GP referral. No referral = No rebate.

    A note for new patients:

    Please arrive 15 mins prior to your appointment as you will be required to fill in paperwork to assist in your care and communication back to your G.P.

    Dr. Eugene Tan
    Mohs Micrographic Surgeon
    Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery (FACMS)
    Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (FRACP)
    Fellow of Australasian College of Dermatologist (FACD)
    Dr. Eugene Tan is a Dermatologist, Mohs Micrographic surgeon and Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (FRACP) and Fellow of Australasian College of Dermatologist (FACD). Prior to entry into dermatology advanced training, he was the dermatology research fellow at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand. His research resulted in the implementation of virtual skin cancer clinic – the first of its kind, in any public hospital in New Zealand. He then completed four years of dermatology training in both New Zealand and Australia at the Skin and Cancer Foundation Victoria and St. Vincent’s Melbourne. He was awarded the Brenan prize in Dermatopathology and a travelling award to San Diego, California. Dr Tan then completed two further years of fellowship training in Mohs Micrographic Surgery accredited by the prestigious American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) He has experience in all specialties of general dermatology, dermatologic surgery and has published and presented internationally. He is currently the Associate Editor for the Australasian Journal of Dermatology.
    Nica Paola Pana
    Nica Paola Pana is registered as a Division 1 Nurse with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She holds a 4-year Bachelor Degree in Nursing from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. After gaining initial nursing registration in her home country, she had experience in various nursing fields such as Medical – Surgical., Opthalomology and Haemodialysis. She then took Initial Registration for Overseas Nurses(IRON) Program in La Trobe University, Bendigo upon entry to Australia. After meeting the requirements set by AHPHRA, she started working in Primary Healthcare – Medical Practice, and has been doing Practice Nursing for almost 3 years. Nica believes in the holistic approach of the patient care. Nica is a registered dermatologic nurse at Western Skin Institute with a strong interest in dermatologic surgery.
    Mary Grace Manalo
    Mary Grace Manalo is a Registered Division 1 Nurse. She graduated from the Nursing Degree at Victoria University. She obtained her initial registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in January 2015. Mary currently divides her time between the Errol Street Medical Centre, North Melbourne and Western Skin Institute. She has been part of the team at Western Skin Institute since September 2015.
    Dianne Lou Beatingo
    Dianne holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of San Agustin and is a Registered Nurse. She obtained her registration with AHPRA in 2015. She has experience in both Primary care as well as in Dermatology at Western Skin Institute. She has a passion for Dermatology and hopes to pursue this further.
    Hazel Vina Layco
    Reception Staff
    Hazel Vina Layco is the Receptionist at Western Skin Institute. She completed a four-year Bachelor Degree of Nursing in the Philippines. She worked as an administrative staff for over a year, and three years as a nurse in a tertiary hospital. Hazel decided to venture Australia in 2015 to pursue her interests in dermatology. She is currently working in Errol Street Medical Center and Western skin Institute.
    Paul Harmon
    Paul Harmon
    Mohs Technician
    Paul Harmon has been a medical scientist with over 15 years experience. He has been working both i n the public and private laboratories. He has also been involved with Mohs Micrographic Surgery for the last 4 years with extensive experience at several practices.
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