Welcome to BJC Health

We're keen to help ensure you get the most from your Rheumatologist consultation.  We've created this page to help you prepare for your visit, attend a Welcome Event, and access resources and live help.

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To help you prepare for your first visit...

Questions to ask your Rheumatologist

Are there lifestyle measures I can institute?

Apart from medications, what else can I do to improve how I'm feeling?

How do I prevent damage to my joints?

What can I do to remain active and doing as much as I can?

Can you help me understand the pro's and con's of different treatment options that are available?

If there are medications that might help me, are there any side effects I should know about?

Do I need to be on time?

  • Please be on time. We pride ourselves on being punctual but this only works if our patients arrive on time as well.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your initial appointment to fill out any necessary paperwork.
  • Should you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please inform us at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • We deliver a professional service and respect your rights, dignity, privacy, feelings and cultural customs.

How do I obtain a referral?

A valid referral is required to consult with one of our Rheumatologists 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.

If you have not already sent or uploaded your referral please forward a copy to doctor@bjchealth.com.au prior to your appointment.

A referral is not needed to see any of the Allied Health team.

What do I bring to my appointment?

  • Your referral letter.

  • Any relevant X-rays and scans

  • Any relevant blood tests if available

  • Medicare card (Pensioner or Repatriation Card if applicable)

  • Claim number & details for Workers Compensation and Third Party claims

  • List of medications

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

Where do I park when I arrive?

Chatswood

  • Paid street parking is available on Help Street and other surrounding streets. Please note that parking inspectors patrol the streets regularly.
  • There are also many parking stations in the vicinity.
  • If you are willing to walk 10 to 15 minutes, Westfield parking is now 2 to 4 hours free. They request you download an app to get the extra hours.

Parramatta

  • Paid parking is available on Hunter Street and other surrounding streets. Please note that parking inspectors patrol the streets regularly.
  • There is also the Justice Precinct Car Park which is directly across the road from the clinic. Click here for a full list of prices.
  • If you are willing to walk 10 to 15 minutes, 3 hours free parking is available at Westfield Parramatta.

What is the cost of my initial consult?

Initial Consultation:

Intial consultation fee: $339 or $399 (depending on complexity, and if you are an aged-care pensioner)

Medicare Rebate is either $134.30 - $234.85 (depending on complexity)

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You're Invited to Our Live Virtual Welcome Event

Attend a live virtual welcome event to learn how to maximise your care with us. Attend our interactive event and learn about things you can do that may be useful prior to seeing your specialist.

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Access Help and Resources before your consult...

We appreciate that dealing with pain, fatigue, anxiety, loss of sleep, eating healthily and trying to stay active can be very challenging when you have a chronic condition.  Enjoy access to our resource portal with helpful information and access to our clinical team before your first visit.

Start here!