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Rheumatology - public patients

Purpose

This page contains information for general practitioners on how to refer patients aged 16 years and over to the Rheumatology specialist clinic at Mater Hospital Brisbane. These services are offered in our specialist outpatient clinics and for eligible patients aged between 16 and 25 years at Mater Young Adult Health Centre Brisbane.

Service

The Rheumatology service consists of specialist Rheumatologists, a registrar and a resident. The Rheumotology service at Mater Hospital Brisbane offers inpatient and outpatient services and also offers a Young Adult Clinic (for patients aged 16-25) and a day infusion service for intravenous biologics. 

The Rheumatology service consistently reviews their patients within recommended OPD categorisation times

How to Refer

If referral for care is indicated please list all of the General Referral Information and reason for request, and essential information as indicated below.

To refer, please fill in the Mater Adult Referral Form, available to download and embed into most major Practice Management software applications.

Referrals can be sent by:

Secure messaging  Medical Objects:   HM4101000R8
  HealthLink EDI:    materref   
Fax    07 3163 8548

 

 

 

 

Emergency

If any of the following are present or suspected, phone 000 to arrange immediate transfer to the emergency department or seek emergency medical advice if in a remote region:

 

View list of conditions:

  • Giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis) with / without visual symptoms. 
  • Acute, unwell vasculitis
  • Acute, unwell systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Septic arthritis. Consider acute orthopaedic assessment

 

Conditions in scope

Connective Tissue Diseases

Essential information (Referral will be declined without this)

Additional referral information (useful for processing the referral)

  • ENA, dsDNA
  • C3, C4
  • Urine protein and red cell assessment

Other useful information for management (not an exhaustive list)

  • No additional information

Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority. A process of categorisation ensures safety and equity of access.

Category 1 – urgent

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 30 days

Category 2 - Priority

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 90 days

Category 3 - Routine

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 365 days

Acute Connective Tissue Disease 

 

Non acute or stable connective tissue disease

No category 3 criteria

 

 

Fibromyalgia

Essential information (Referral will be declined without this)

Additional referral information (useful for processing the referral)

  • Any other tests performed

Other useful information for management (not an exhaustive list)

  • No additional information

Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority. A process of categorisation ensures safety and equity of access.

Category 1 – urgent

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 30 days

Category 2 - Priority

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 90 days

Category 3 - Routine

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 365 days

No category 1 criteria

 

No category 2 criteria

Fibromyalgia      

 

 

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Essential information (Referral will be declined without this)

Additional referral information (useful for processing the referral)

  • RF, CCP, ANA, HLA B27 when relevant

Other useful information for management (not an exhaustive list)

  •  Is the patient currently under the care of a paediatric rheumatologist?

Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority. A process of categorisation ensures safety and equity of access.

Category 1 – urgent

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 30 days

Category 2 - Priority

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 90 days

Category 3 - Routine

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 365 days

New onset/active or untreated JIA

 

 Stable JIA

 No category 3 criteria

 

Osteoarthritis

Essential information (Referral will be declined without this)

Additional referral information (useful for processing the referral)

  • X-ray or imaging of the involved joint/s
  • RF, CCP if relevant

Other useful information for management (not an exhaustive list)

  • No additional information

Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority. A process of categorisation ensures safety and equity of access.

Category 1 – urgent

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 30 days

Category 2 - Priority

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 90 days

Category 3 - Routine

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 365 days

No category 1 criteria

 

No category 2 criteria

Osteoarthritis      

 

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Essential information (Referral will be declined without this)

Additional referral information (useful for processing the referral)

  • ANA if relevant

Other useful information for management (not an exhaustive list)

  • Connsider Hepatitis B and C serology

Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority. A process of categorisation ensures safety and equity of access.

Category 1 – urgent

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 30 days

Category 2 - Priority

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 90 days

Category 3 - Routine

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 365 days

New onset rheumatoid arthritis 

 

Stable rheumatoid arthritis

    No category 3 criteria  

 

Seronegative inflammatory arthritides

Essential information (Referral will be declined without this)

Additional referral information (useful for processing the referral)

  • RF, CCP, urate, B27, ANA, Hepatitis B and C serology if relevant
  • For possible ankylosing spondylitis: XR of pelvis to assess sacroilliac joints (CT or MR acceptable if already performed)

Other useful information for management (not an exhaustive list)

  • No additional information

Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority. A process of categorisation ensures safety and equity of access.

Category 1 – urgent

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 30 days

Category 2 - Priority

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 90 days

Category 3 - Routine

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 365 days

Active, acute inflammatory arthritis

 

Ankylosing spondylitis

Psoriatic arthritis

 No category 3 criteria   

 

 

Vasculitis

Essential information (Referral will be declined without this)

Additional referral information (useful for processing the referral)

  • ANCA, ANA, ENA, dsDNA, C3, C4 (not needed for suspected GCA)

Other useful information for management (not an exhaustive list)

  • Consider Hepatitis B and C serology

Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority. A process of categorisation ensures safety and equity of access.

Category 1 – urgent

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 30 days

Category 2 - Priority

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 90 days

Category 3 - Routine

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 365 days

Acute Vasculitis 

 

Stable or treated 

No category 3 criteria      

 

 

Other Rheumatology Conditions

Essential information (Referral will be declined without this)

Additional referral information (useful for processing the referral)

  • If relevant: RF, CCP, urate, B27, ANA, Hepatitis B and C serology
  • Any relevant imaging

Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority. A process of categorisation ensures safety and equity of access.

Category 1 – urgent

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 30 days

Category 2 - Priority

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 90 days

Category 3 - Routine

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 365 days

 

Acute inflammatory arthritis

Gout

Pseudogout

Non-specific pain syndromes

 

Our Specialists

Dr Lisa Cummins Consulant Rheumatologist
Dr Joseph O'Callaghan Consultant Rheumatologist
Dr Ben Whitehead Paediatric Rheumatologist

 

Bulk Billed Clinics

Mater Health Services offers patients the opportunity to attend bulk billed clinics. To provide your patient with the opportunity to attend a bulk billed specialist clinic, please provide a named referral to one of our specialists listed above.

Contact Us

If you would like to discuss a referral, including clinical criteria, or update the status of a current patient please contact our priority GP phone line on 07 3163 2200 

Current Waiting Time for Appointments 

We provide up to date data on how long patients are waiting for their clinic first appointment by specialty here.

Referral Guideline Development

These Mater Referral Guidelines have been developed locally by GPs and specialists to support safe and quality referral to publicly funded specialist outpatient services. 

 

Content last reviewed: 16 February 2018

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