Rheumatology is a sub-specialty of internal medicine that deals with a variety of conditions affecting connective tissues of the body, including joints, muscle, bone, the immune and vascular systems.

Examples of these conditions are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Back and neck pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Regional pain syndromes
  • Septic arthritis
  • Gout
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Vasculitis
  • Myositis
  • Scleroderma

The service provides advanced training for two registrars each year and has an active clinical research program.

Clinics

Rapid Access Rheumatology City Campus Rheumatology Department, Level 7 East WED
Rheumatology Biologics City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 South THU
Rheumatology CTD City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 South East TUE
Rheumatology RA City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 South WED
Rheumatology SPA City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 South THU
Urgent Rheumatology City Campus Rheumatology Department, Level 7 East FRI

Referrals

We accept referrals for this service.

Referrals are triaged depending on priority. Emergency cases can present to the Emergency & Trauma Service at any time.

If surgery is required, your patient may need to attend a Pre-Admission Clinic prior to their procedure.

To refer a patient, complete and send your referral to Outpatients by fax to (03) 9342 4234.

You can use the following form or a template from your own system.

Spinal referral forms

You can download the referral form template:

You can also import a template into your practice's referral system:

Referrals should include:

  • relevant clinical history for the patient
  • the reason for referral
  • patient details including address, date of birth and contact phone numbers
  • your provider number
  • the name of the consultant (for Medicare clinics)