What is melanoma?
Melanoma is a form of cancer that develops in the skin’s pigment cells. In the majority of cases, it's caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Learn more about how melanoma develops, and how you can protect your skin, on our ‘what is melanoma’ page
How do I book a skin check?
Visit our TAL SpotChecker booking page to book. All you need to provide is your name, mobile number and email address.
How much does it cost to have a skin check?
We're offering skin checks for free at TAL SpotChecker. This would usually cost between $40 -$85.
Do I need to be a TAL customer?
Not at all – TAL SpotChecker is open to everyone over the age of 18 years.
How old do I have to be to have a skin check?
You can have a skin check with your General Practitioner (GP) at any age. To participate in TAL SpotChecker, you need to be 18 or above
How long will the TAL SpotChecker skin check take?
Your skin check should take around 15 minutes.
What do I need to bring to my TAL SpotChecker appointment?
All you'll need on the day is a valid ID with your name to verify your appointment.
The TAL SpotChecker skin specialists will confirm your details as they will keep clinical notes for each person examined. This data will also be stored securely by the skin specialists for the purpose of maintaining your medical history. This information will not be shared with TAL.
What will happen during my TAL SpotChecker appointment?
When you arrive, a team member will give you a consent form with terms and conditions to read and sign. By signing the consent form you are agreeing to the terms and conditions.
A team member will then introduce you to the skin specialist, who'll perform a full body skin examination in a private consultation room.
For a full skin examination, you will need to undress to your underwear or swimwear so the skin specialist can conduct the visual skin check. The skin specialist will carefully inspect your body all over, looking for any irregular spots.
The skin specialist won’t be taking photos or completing biopsies at TAL SpotChecker
What should I do if the skin specialist finds an irregular spot?
TAL SpotChecker specialists are suitably qualified and experienced medical professionals, from Australian Skin Cancer Clinics.
If they find an irregular spot, they'll refer you to a GP, a skin cancer clinic or a dermatologist who will be able to perform further tests and provide a diagnosis.
It is important that you take the extra step to obtain a complete diagnosis so that you can implement any recommended treatment options suggested by a medical practitioner. Australian Skin Cancer Clinics will also follow up with you, to make sure you've got access to the extra help you need.
While the TAL SpotChecker skin specialist won’t be able to provide a diagnosis on site, they will be able to answer any questions you may have.
Based on your risk factors, skin type and any irregular spots they discover, they will make recommendations about when you should return for a future skin check.
I’ve tried to make an appointment, but there aren’t any spaces free – what should I do?
We are only taking a limited number of appointments, but you can come along on the day for a walk-in appointment, if any are available.
Alternatively, contact your GP or a skin cancer clinic and arrange a skin-check directly with them.
Will I get a reminder for my appointment?
Yes, we'll send you a reminder SMS and email the day prior.
How do I cancel my appointment?
If you’re no longer able to make your appointment, it’s really important to let us know so someone else can take your place. When you book your TAL SpotChecker appointment, we'll send a confirmation email, which includes a link to cancel the appointment if you need to.
How do I change the date or time of my appointment?
When you book your TAL SpotChecker appointment, we'll send a confirmation email. If you need to change your appointment, click the 'cancel' link in the email and re-book online with the new date and time (subject to availability).
I can’t make it to TAL SpotChecker; where can I go to get my skin checked?
You can have a professional skin check at any time with your GP or at a skin cancer clinic. You should also self-check regularly for new, or changing, moles or freckles.
Will you store my results, or pass my details on to other providers?
In line with a professional skin check at your regular GP or skin cancer clinic, the skin specialists will need to keep clinical notes for each person examined. This data will also be stored securely by the skin specialists for the purpose of maintaining your medical history. This information will not be shared with TAL.
Will this affect my current policy, or any future policies or claims I make with TAL?
No, participating in TAL SpotChecker will not adversely affect your current or future policies or claims with TAL.
If you are looking at taking out a new policy with TAL however, you will need to disclose any pre-existing conditions as part of our standard process. You'll be informed of the impact of these conditions on your policy during the process.