Rheumatologists at BJC Health


A rheumatologist is a specialist doctor who is expert at diagnosing and treating diseases of joints, muscles and bones.

The more common rheumatic diseases include:

Rheumatologists also treat a number of rarer rheumatic conditions that can affect other parts of the body including the skin, hair and internal organs. These include lupus, myositis, vasculitis and scleroderma.

Rheumatologists deal with mechanical/degenerative joint diseases, where poor movement, strength and posture contribute; and with inflammatory joint diseases where there is excessive swelling, pain and inflammation. Some of these diseases are due to a disordered immune system which self-attacks parts of the body, known as autoimmunity.

The rheumatologists will take a thorough history followed by a physical examination. They will organise appropriate investigations and communicate to you the possible diagnoses as well as treatment options.

Your management will be personalised, as rheumatologists aim to change your life, helping you live and feel better.

What kind of problems can a Rheumatologist help with?

Rheumatologists help with diseases affecting joints, muscles and bones. They help with mechanical/degenerative diseases, inflammatory arthritis and with a range of autoimmune disorders.


Diseases treated include:

Osteoarthritis, Spinal Pain, Tendon injury, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Spondyloarthritis & Ankylosing Spondylitis, Lupus, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Myositis, Scleroderma, Connective Tissue disease, Gout, Osteoporosis, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Giant Cell Arteritis & Vasculitis. 

How do I get in to see a rheumatologist?

A valid referral is required to consult with a rheumatologist in order to be eligible for a Medicare rebate. A referral for a Rheumatologist can be obtained from your GP or from another specialist. A referral from a GP is valid for 12 months and a referral from a specialist is valid for 3 months.

What do I bring to a Rheumatology Appointment?

  1. Your referral letter.

  2. Any relevant X-rays and scans

  3. Any relevant blood tests if available

  4. Medicare card (Pensioner or Repatriation Card if applicable)

  5. Claim number & details for Workers Compensation and Third Party claims

  6. List of medications

  7. Your Private health insurance card which will help process HICAPS claims and allow you to claim your rebate immediately.

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