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:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Back and neck pain
- Regional pain syndromes
- Septic arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
The service provides advanced training for two registrars each year and has an active clinical research program.
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 details and provider number
- the name of the consultant (for Medicare clinics)