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Description 

A cardiologist is a medical specialist who can diagnose and treat diseases and conditions of the heart and blood vessels. 

Services provided

  • 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

Eligibility

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

How to access

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

Costs

The cost of a cardiologist varies depending on the provider. Contact the service before you attend if you would like more information about cost.

Medicare coverage
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.

Profile

Sector

Conventional healthcare

Regulation

Regulated by the Australian Health PractitionerAgency (AHPRA)

Registration

Cardiologists must be registered through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), with the Medical Board of Australia.

Minimum qualifications

Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)

Tip

  • 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. 

Important

You can check if your cardiologist is registered via the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website.