We provide care for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunological conditions.
- Support and treatment for people with MS and neuroimmunological conditions
- The program collaborates with prominent academic centres nationally and internationally
What we do
Our MS and Neuroimmunology Program provides treatment and support for people with MS and neuroimmunological conditions.
We care for people who are in hospital, have been in hospital or need to come to hospital for MS and neuroimmunological conditions, or who are taking part in clinical trials relating to these conditions.
The program involves the RMH MS Centre, the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and the University of Melbourne.
MS & Neuroimmunology clinics are moving
Please note that from late September 2023, the MS & Neuroimmunology clinics will be located at the RMH Elizabeth St site.
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|MS & Neuroimmunology Clinic Level 2 South West||The RMH Parkville||Medicare|
|MS & Neuroimmunology Clinic Level 1 Centre||The RMH Parkville||Medicare|
|Cognitive Neuroimmunology Clinic||The RMH Parkville||Medicare|
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|MS & Neuroimmunology Clinic Level 4 North||The RMH Parkville||Medicare|
We accept GP and specialist referrals:
- Use The RMH GP Referral Form or a template from your own system
- Complete and fax your referral to Specialist Clinics (Outpatients) on (03) 9342 4234
We do not accept email referrals.
What to include in your referral
As outlined by the Department of Health, referral requests should include:
- Patient demographic information
- Referrer demographic information
- Reason for referral
- Presenting problem
- Service(s) requested
- Required referral information specified by statewide or local referral criteria
- Current patient management
- Impact of the problem on the patient
- Name of the consultant and provider number (for Medicare clinics)
- Investigation reports related to the referral
Urgent and after-hours support
Referrals are triaged based on priority. In an emergency, patients can go to the Emergency & Trauma Service at any time.
For advice, urgent referrals and out of hours support, call The RMH Switchboard on (03) 9342 7000 to page our registrar on call.
Statewide referral criteria for clinicians strengthens referrals to specialised services in public hospitals and improves access to non-admitted services. You can browse or search by specialty or medical condition.
HealthPathways Melbourne provides guidance on best practice assessment and management of common medical conditions, including when and where to refer patients.
Parkville Connect is a secure web-based portal providing GPs, specialists and other health professionals with information in the Parkville electronic medical record (EMR).
The program collaborates broadly with prominent academic centres nationally and internationally, including:
- University of Calgary
- Karolinska Institute
- Cambridge University
- Charles University in Prague
- Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital, Montreal
- Neurological Institute-Hospital
- Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
There are multiple outpatient clinics at the RMH Parkville:
The Neuroimmunology clinics dedicated to the assessment and long-term management of people with a possible or definite diagnosis of MS and other neuroimmunological conditions, including neuromyelitis optica, neurosarcoidosis, autoimmune encephalitis, cerebral vasculitis and myasthenia gravis.
The Neuroimmunology Clinical Trials clinic provides follow-up and treatment for patients who are participating in clinical trials, with the capacity to accommodate specific trial protocols.
The Neuroimmunology clinics see approximately 1,300 patients with MS and neuroimmunological conditions and is staffed by nine neurologists with subspecialty training in MS and neuroimmunology.
The clinic provides a multidisciplinary approach through specialist MS nurses, neuropsychologists, a social worker (in collaboration with MS Australia), and rehabilitation physicians (in collaboration with the RMH Department of Rehabilitation). We collaborate closely with continence physicians at the RMH Royal Park.
If required, patients with MS and neuroimmunological conditions are admitted to the Neurology ward at the RMH for diagnosis and management under the care of specialist neurologists and with input from the RMH MS Centre staff.
Day Medical Centre
The RMH MS Centre works in close collaboration with the Day Medical Centre at the RMH Parkville.
Infusion therapies are administered to patients with MS and neuroimmunological conditions who require these therapies as part of their management. Patients are briefly reviewed by medical staff before their infusion of immunotherapy to optimise safety of the procedure.
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
- TAC or WorkCover claim number
Interpreters & cultural support
We provide qualified, professional interpreters to help you communicate with us at any time during your stay and at your clinic appointments.
- Μάθετε περισότερα γιά διερμηνείς & υποστήριξη κουλτούρας
- Scopri di più sugli interpreti e sul supporto culturale
- Tercümanlar ve kültürel destek hakkında daha fazla bilgi edinmek için
- Tìm hiểu thêm về thông dịch viên và hỗ trợ văn hóa
- لمزيدٍ من المعلومات عن خدمة الترجمة الشفهية والخدمات الثقافية
For more information, speak with our reception or clinical staff at your appointment.