Before You Visit

Please bring the following to your first appointment at arthritisCARE:

  • A copy of your referral from your GP or referring specialist.
  • Please download and fill in the Patient History Form below and bring it with you at the appointment.
  • Any previous lab and/or radiographic x-ray/ultrasound/MRI tests results for your Rheumatologist to review. (Medical records are typically sent electronically to us by your referring GP or specialist, but occasionally, despite best intentions, they do not arrive in time for your appointment.)
  • An up-to-date medication list with the specific dosages you are taking.
  • It also helps to have a list of medications you have already tried to reduce duplication of prior treatments.
  • A list of allergies to medications
  • Your family medical history, including any known relatives with rheumatologic/autoimmune disease

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Emergency Care

If you are experiencing a life-threatening condition or a medical emergency, call 000 to request an ambulance for immediate assistance and transport to the closest hospital Emergency Department. These departments are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ensuring that you are given the help you need as quickly as is possible.

If you are a patient of arthritisCARE and your emergency treatment or hospital admission relates to your rheumatological condition, the hospital medical team will contact your Rheumatologist for advice on the best treatment option for you.

All of the arthritisCARE Rheumatologists are visiting medical specialists at Greenslopes Private Hospital in Brisbane, so if you are admitted to Greenslopes for your rheumatological condition, your Rheumatologist will be available to visit you in person in hospital too.

If you are not experiencing an emergency but have a concern about your health and feel you need urgent advice from your Rheumatologist, the arthritisCARE team is available during our regular working hours of 8.00am to 4.00pm on Mondays to Fridays on phone (07) 3255 1066.

If you have concerns about your condition outside of these hours, we recommend that you contact one of the After-Hours or House Call Doctor services. They will arrange for a GP to visit you at home and assist with your treatment until you are able to talk with one our Rheumatologists.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Rheumatologist is a specialist physician who has expertise in diagnosing and treating diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. Sometimes the term rheumatic disease or ‘rheumatism’ is used to describe this group of diseases.

There are also a number of rarer rheumatic conditions that can affect other parts of the body including the skin, hair and internal organs. These include “lupus”, myositis, vasculitis and scleroderma.

The more common rheumatic diseases include:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Gout
  • Back and neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Muscle and tendon injury/tear
  • Tendonitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Bone Disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Paget’s disease

The following fees will apply for consultations with one of the arthritisCARE Rheumatologists.

Initial Consultation Fees

  • Our full private rate for an initial appointment is $450 (which comes down to $213 after your Medicare Rebate of $236.95 is refunded to you)
  • Our Pension/Health Care Card rate is $325 (which comes down to $88 after your Medicare Rebate of $236.95 is refunded to you)

Follow-up/Review Appointment Fees

  • Our full private rate for a review appointment is $160 (which comes down to $92 after your Medicare Rebate of $67.80 is refunded to you)
  • Our Pension/Health Care Card rate for a review appointment is $120 (which comes down to $52 after your Medicare Rebate of $67.80 is refunded to you)

Telehealth Appointment Fees

  • Charges for our Telehealth appointments vary dependent on the complexity of the condition being discussed with your Rheumatologist and the length of time that will be needed to ensure your issues are fully reviewed. We will advise you ahead of your appointment of the fees which will apply.

We don't bulk bill for appointments with our Rheumatologists. However, we do offer a once-a-week option for you to be seen by a Rheumatology Registrar (a doctor who is close to completing his/her advanced training to become a Rheumatologist). You can be seen by the Registrar, and Dr Peter Landsberg will also meet with you for part of that appointment in his role of supervising the Registrar and to check in on your management plan.

We definitely do offer Telehealth or online video consultation appointments. Especially in these times of COVID-19 disrupting our ability to set up face-to-face meetings for our immune-suppressed patients. But, we do very much prefer to see you in person for your first appointment.

We believe that this is critical to ensure that we are able to most accurately diagnose and map out the best management plan for your condition. Some things just can't be done well online and we pride ourselves on looking after you as best as we can.

After that initial appointment, once we have met with you and we understand you and your condition, we then feel confident that we can move to Telehealth appointments and offer optimal quality for your ongoing personal care plan.

Medication Information

The Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA) and Arthritis Australia are pleased to provide the following patient information, for your easy access and downloading.

The development of the Medicine Information Sheets has been a collaborative effort between many members of the ARA in consultation with Arthritis Australia and Communicating for Health, Victoria.  Major credits must go to the past and present members of the ARA Therapeutics Committee for their efforts in delivering these most useful sheets to us.  They have recently been extensively revised using feedback from patients focus groups and new information. We would welcome any feedback on the sheets and where they could be improved for future updates.  Comments can be forwarded to the ARA Secretariat: admin@rheumatology.org.au

  • Abatacept (Brand name: Orencia) updated February 2016
  • Adalimumab (Brand name: Humira) updated February 2016
  • Allopurinol (Brand names: Allohexal, Allosig, Progout, Zyloprim) updated February 2016
  • Ambrisentan (Brand name: Volibris) updated February 2016
  • Anakinra (Brand name: Kineret) updated February 2016
  • Apremilast (Brand name: Otezla®) updated October 2015
  • Azathioprine (Brand names: Azamun, Azapin, Imuran, Thioprine) updated November 2016
  • Bisphosphonates (Intravenous/IV) (Brand names: Aclasta, Aredia) updated July 2017
  • Bisphosphonates (oral) (Brand names: Adronat, Alendrobell, Alendro, Fosamax, Ossmax, Acris, Actonel, Actonel Combi, Actonel, Risedro) updated August 2012
  • Bosentan (Brand name: Tracleer®) updated November 2016
  • Certolizumab (Brand name: Cimzia) updated March 2014
  • Colchicine (Brand names: Colgout, Lengout) updated October 2016
  • Cyclophosphamide (Brand names: Cyclonex® Endoxan®) updated November 2016
  • Cyclosporin (Brand names: Cicloral, Neoral, Sandimmun) updated July 2017
  • Denosumab (Brand name: Prolia) updated July 2017
  • D-Penicillamine (Brand name: D-Penamine) updated February 2017
  • Febuxostat (Brand name: Adenuric) updated September 2015
  • Etanercept (Brand name: Enbrel) updated July 2017
  • Gold (Brand names: Myocrisin, Ridaura) updated July 2017
  • Golimumab (Brand name: Simponi) updated February 2016
  • Hyaluronic Acid (Brand names: Synvisc, Orthoartz) updated May 2016
  • Hydroxychloroquine (Brand name: Plaquenil) updated April 2016
  • Infliximab (Brand name: Remicade) updated July 2017
  • IV Immunuglobulin (Brand names: Intragam P®, Flebogamma®, Privigen®, Intratect®, Octagam®, Kiovig®, Gamunex®) updated July 2016
  • Leflunomide (Brand names: Arabloc, Arava, Lunava) updated October 2016
  • Methotrexate (Brand name: Methoblastin) updated April 2017
  • Self-injecting Methotrexate for the treatment of arthritis (Brand names: Hospira, Methacord, Methotrexate Accord) updated October 2017
  • Mycophenolate (Brand names: CellCept, Imulate, Ceptolate, Myfortic) updated February 2016
  • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) (Brand names: Nurofen, Brufen, Mobic, Celebrex, Naprosyn, Orudis, Arcoxia, Voltaren) updated February 2017
  • Paracetamol (Brand names: Dymadon, Febridol, Panadol, Panamax, Paralgin, Panadol Osteo) updated February 2016
  • Prednisolone and Prednisone (Brand names: Panafcort, Panafcortelone, Predsone, Predsolone, Solone, Sone) updated February 2016
  • Probenecid (Brand name: Pro-Cid) updated February 2016
  • Raloxifene (Brand name: Evista) updated April 2020
  • Rituximab (Brand name: Mabthera) updated April 2016
  • Secukinumab (Brand name: Cosentyx®) updated November 2016
  • Strontium (Brand name: Protos®) updated February 2016
  • Sulfasalazine (Brand names: Pyralin EN, Salazopyrin, Salazopyrin EN) updated April 2016
  • Teriparatide (Brand name: Forteo®) updated February 2016
  • Tocilizumab (Brand name: Actemra) updated February 2017
  • Tofacitinib (Brand name: Xeljanz®) updated May 2016
  • Ustekinumab (Brand name: Stelara) updated October 2015

Useful Information

Under best practice guidelines and in-house policies and procedures we do not provide scripts over the phone or via email requests. If you require a script urgently, please contact our rooms to arrange the first available telehealth appointment for your convenience. If you require a biologic script these can only be done onsite or via Skype. Please see below instructions relating to the specific requirements for a biologic prescription.

Biological Treatment Rules as per HIC

Please take note that prescriptions for biologics are NOT that same as being prescribed regular medications. These prescriptions cost up to $20,000 per year. If you feel you cannot follow the guidelines, as listed below, please notify the Doctor and you will be placed back onto oral medications.

It is imperative that you take responsibility for maintaining regular blood tests and making appropriately time appointments with the Rheumatologist.

1. Initial script is for a 16 week (make sure you keep the prescriptions with you).

Patient must have blood tests performed and be reviewed after three months of treatment and before the last script runs out. You must be seen by the prescribing doctor for assessment around the time you pick up your last repeat.

*PLAN TO DO BLOOD TEST & HAVE APPOINTMENT TO SEE DOCTOR APPROXIMATELY THE WEEK YOU PICK UP YOUR LAST REPEAT (about week 13). Scripts cannot be issued until bloods and assessment is performed. The HIC no longer permit faced requests or over the phone requests for prescriptions.

2. Subsequent script is for 24 weeks (make sure you keep the prescription with you).

*PLAN TO DO BLOOD TEST & HAVE APPOINTMENT TO SEE DOCTOR APPROXIMATELY THE WEEK YOU PICK UP YOUR LAST REPEAT (about week 20). Scripts cannot be issued until bloods and assessment is performed. The HIC no longer permit faced requests or over the phone requests for prescriptions.

3. Delay injections for infusions if you have any infections, fevers, flu, etc, and get on antibiotics ASAP.

WE CANNOT DO OVER THE PHONE SCRIPTS – this is against the law and the penalty is a fine of $20,000. If you lose the  script, a new application  has to be made to HIC.

We will keep an eye on your appointment requirements following your initial application. Indeed, some patients have specific requirements for their individual needs that bypass regular treatment standards. If you have any queries and concerns regarding your appointment requirements for biologic applications, please speak to our onsite manager.

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