DescriptionA cardiologist is a medical specialist who can diagnose and treat diseases and conditions of the heart and blood vessels.
- Diagnosis and treatment
- Prescription of medications
- Specialist doctor
- Management of acute and chronic conditions
- Medical and health check ups
- Information and advice
- Health advice
- Screening and tests
You need a referral from a doctor to see a cardiologist.
How to accessAsk your doctor about how to make an appointment with your cardiologist.
CostsThe cost of a cardiologist varies depending on the provider. Contact the service before you attend if you would like more information about cost.
Cardiology may be partly or fully covered by Medicare.
Some diagnostic cardiac testing services such as coronary angiogram are subsidised by Medicare.
Private insurance coverage
Cardiologist fees are covered by some private health funds, but the amount will depend on your insurance policy. Contact your insurer for more information.
RegulationRegulated by the Australian Health PractitionerAgency (AHPRA)
RegistrationCardiologists must be registered through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), with the Medical Board of Australia.
Minimum qualificationsFellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)
- Do not hesitate to ask your cardiologist about their experience performing the surgery that they recommend for you.
- Take a list of your medication to your first appointment.