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Rheumatology - public patients


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.

Scope of Service

This service includes referrals for:

-  Inflammatory joint disease

-  General rheumatology

Referral Criteria

Please include all of the minimum referral requirements and:

-  ESR

-  CRP

-  FBE


-  If clinically appropriate, RF/CCP antibodies/ ANA / DNA / ENA

Mater Adult Referral Form

Referrals can be sent by:

Secure messaging           Medical Objects:   HM4101000R8

                                     HealthLink EDI:      materref                                                                                             

Fax                                07 3163 8548

Referral Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority

Examples only (not a complete list of referrals accepted). 

This should be used as a general guideline only – categorisation will be based on the individual referral.


-  Recent onset rheumatoid  arthritis

-  Vasculitis

-  Acute connective tissue diseases

-  Less urgent presentations of rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis and connective tissue diseases

-  Fibromyalgia

-  Osteoarthritis

-  Other pain syndromes

Mater endeavours to see all priority patients within 30 days from GP referral

Mater endeavours to see all semi urgent patients within 3 months from GP referral

Mater endeavours to see all routine referrals within 12 months from GP referral

Your patient may want to consider a referral to a private specialist.


Our Specialists

Dr Joseph O’Callaghan Director of Rheumatology
Dr Lisa Cummins Consultant 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 

Content reviewed 21/03/16


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