We provide comprehensive assessment, treatment and care for people with low back pain, neck pain and sciatica.

Key points

  • Assessment, management and care for people with spinal problems.
  • Collaborative service between Rheumatology, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, Pain Management and Physiotherapy.
  • BAC partners with Merri Health in the community.
Patients need a referral from their GP or healthcare provider. Access referral information

What we do

We are a specialist spinal assessment service formed in collaboration with Rheumatology, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic Surgery and Pain Management at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. This service also partners with Merri Health in the community.

We offer comprehensive assessment and management advice to people experiencing neck and back pain and associated symptoms such as radiculopathy and neurogenic claudication from spinal canal stenosis.

We can organise further investigations, provide analgesia review, referrals for spinal and peripheral joint injections, allied health services (including physiotherapy, dietetics, psychology) and referrals for spinal surgical, rheumatology and pain management services as required.

Our clinics are staffed by rheumatologists, general medical and rheumatology registrars, and advanced practice physiotherapists at the RMH. All of these staff members have extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of back and neck problems.

Who can use our service

We see people living in the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s catchment referred by their GP or specialist using the RMH Spinal Referral Form for assessment and management of neck or low back pain and associated referred arm and leg symptoms.

We do not see in BAC:

  • Patients whose spinal pain is caused by a suspected ‘red flag’ condition (for example, spinal tumour, spinal infection, spinal fracture, abdominal aortic aneurysm or ankylosing spondylitis)
  • Patients with significant spinal deformities
  • Patients seeking medicolegal assessments (for example, for active/current WorkSafe Victoria or Transport Accident Commission claims).
  • Adolescents or children
For patients
For health professionals


To book, change or cancel an appointment, contact the Direct Access Unit on (03) 8387 2333

What to bring

Every time you come

Every time you come in for a test, day procedure, surgery or treatment, you should bring:

  • Medicare card
  • Health Care card (if you have one)
  • Concession card (if you have one)
  • Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
  • Medications you are currently taking, including any that you have bought without a prescription
  • X-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results you have which are related to your procedure
  • Private health insurance card (if you want to use it)
  • Aids (glasses, hearing aid, walking frame)

For a clinic appointment

If you come for a clinic appointment, you should also bring:

  • Your appointment letter
  • Any special items listed on your letter
  • Your appointment book (if relevant)
  • TAC or WorkCover claim number
Head of service
Dr John Moi
Contact us
Back Assessment Clinic, Royal Park
(03) 8387 2217
The RMH Royal Park
34-54 Poplar Rd, Parkville, Victoria
Back Assessment Clinic, Merri Health
1300 637 744
(03) 9350 1518
The RMH at Merri Health Coburg
93 Bell St, Coburg, Victoria
(03) 9342 4234
Referrals for Specialist Clinics
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Last updated 11 August 2023