We provide diagnosis, treatment and support for people with rheumatic conditions such as arthritis, autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, and non-inflammatory musculoskeletal and pain conditions.

Key points

  • We diagnose and treat patients with conditions such as arthritis, autoimmune and inflammatory conditions
  • We assist with the initial diagnosis and management of several non-inflammatory musculoskeletal and pain conditions
  • We provide a specialised service for all rheumatology conditions
Patients need a referral from their GP or healthcare provider. Access referral information

What we do

Our Rheumatology service provides care for people who need care for:

  • Inflammatory arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and reactive arthritis
  • Crystal arthritis including gout and pseudogout
  • Septic arthritis
  • Multisystem autoimmune and inflammatory conditions including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, myositis, vasculitis, polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis

We also assist with the initial diagnosis and management of several non-inflammatory musculoskeletal and pain conditions. However, these conditions generally do not require ongoing rheumatology review and can then be managed in the community with the support of GPs and allied health. These conditions include:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Regional pain syndromes

Specialty clinics

We provide a specialised service for all rheumatology conditions. Each of our clinics is themed to focus on a particular aspect of rheumatology but also provide a general rheumatology service.

Our specialty clinics include:

  • Rapid Access Rheumatology Clinic focuses on the assessment, initial management and stabilisation of conditions, including gout, which require short-term rheumatology care
  • Rheumatology Connective Tissue Disease (CTD) Clinic focuses on the diagnosis and management of connective tissue diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), scleroderma, myositis and vasculitis
  • Rheumatology Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Clinic focuses on the diagnosis and management of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Rheumatology Spondyloarthritides (SpA) focuses on the management of spondyloarthritides including ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis
  • Rheumatology Biologics focuses on people who are receiving biologic and targeted synthetic medications for the treatment of their rheumatological condition
  • Back Assessment Clinic focuses on treatment, assessment and ongoing assistance for people with spinal disorders

Our clinics

Rheumatology Clinic
The RMH Parkville
Rheumatology Biologics Clinic
The RMH Parkville
Rheumatology Connective Tissue Disease (CTD) Clinic
The RMH Parkville
Medicare Telehealth
Rheumatology Rapid Access Clinic Level 1 South
The RMH Parkville
Rheumatology Rapid Access Clinic
The RMH Parkville
Rheumatology Spondyloarthritis (SpA) Clinic
The RMH Parkville
For patients
For health professionals

Need to change or cancel your appointment?

Do one of the following:

  • Access Health Hub to change the appointment yourself
  • Complete our online form and we'll change it for you
  • Call Specialist Clinics (Outpatients) on (03) 9342 7393 and we'll help you over the phone

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

For an overnight or longer stay

If you come for an overnight (or longer stay), you should also bring:

  • A dressing gown and slippers, or comfortable day clothes and shoes
  • Your toiletries
  • Your iPad or tablet and phone, provided you are happy to take responsibility for them

Do not bring (for overnight or longer stay)

And if you're staying overnight or longer, do not bring:

  • Your handbag, wallet, purse or large amounts of cash. Just bring a small amount for items such as newspapers, magazines or coffee
  • Valuables, such as jewellery, watches or other items of value to you
Head of service
Dr Sabina Ciciriello
Contact us
Rheumatology
Fax
(03) 9342 8780
Address
The RMH Parkville
Level 7 East
300 Grattan St, Parkville, Victoria
GP referrals
Fax
(03) 9342 4234
Referrals for Specialist Clinics
Last updated 18 January 2023