- 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
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.
RegulationRegulated by Australian Health PractitionerAgency (AHPRA)
RegistrationRheumatologists 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 qualificationsThe minimum education requirement for a rheumatologist is Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
- Take results of any tests with you (such as x-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs).