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Description

A rheumatologist is a medical professional who specialises in diagnosing, treating and managing diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. There are more than 100 different types of rheumatic disease, including ankylosing spondylitis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, gout, lupus, osteoporosis and tendonitis.

Services provided

  • Diagnosis of diseases of the joints, muscles and bones
  • Treatment of diseases of the joints, muscles and bones – options may include physical therapy, medication and surgery
  • Planning for ongoing management of a disease – including collaboration with other health professionals such as your GP, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, podiatrist, psychologist or nurse. Ongoing management of a condition may include pain management, exercise, nutrition and lifestyle adjustments

Eligibility

You need a referral from a doctor to see a rheumatologist.

How to access

Ask your doctor about how to make an appointment with your rheumatologist.

Costs

Rheumatologist services may be partly or fully covered by Medicare.

Rheumatologist fees are covered by some private health funds, but the amount will depend on your insurance policy. Contact your insurer for more information.

Profile

Sector

Conventional healthcare

Regulation

Regulated by Australian Health PractitionerAgency (AHPRA)

Registration

Rheumatologists must be registered through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Rheumatologists must be registered through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), with the Medical Board of Australia.

Minimum qualifications

The minimum education requirement for a rheumatologist is Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Tip

  • Take results of any tests with you (such as x-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs).

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