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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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What is the cost of my initial consult?

Initial Consultation Fee:

Private - $445

Aged Pensioner - $365

Medicare rebate - $240.75*

*depending on complexity the fee and rebate maybe reduce

Our Rheumatologists work with a specialised team.

We have multiple clinicians who you are available to enhance your care.

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