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Information for Patients

What is a Rheumatologist?

A rheumatologist is a specialist physician focused on treating musculoskeletal conditions and autoimmune disease. This encompasses a broad range of diseases from osteoarthritis through to rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica and gout. Rheumatologists also treat inflammatory disease of the vessels, such as giant cell arteritis and vasculitis.

Where can I find further information?

The Australian Rheumatology Association have a number of resources available. Further information on rheumatological conditions and medications (including during pregnancy) can be found at the links below.
Condition Information
Medication Information
Medication Information during pregnancy
COVID Information

What should I bring to my appointment?

For new patients - a valid referral from your General Practitioner (GP) or specialist.

For all patients - any recent investigation results including:

  • Blood tests,

  • X rays,

  • MRI or CT scans.

Please note: a GP referral is valid for 12 months, a specialist referral is valid for 3 months

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