Rheumatology Outpatient Clinics at the RCH

  • The Rheumatology team is available for outpatient appointments, and for inpatients admitted to the Royal Children's Hospital.

    Our public outpatient appointments are at Desk A2 on the Ground Floor, at RCH, 50 Flemington Road, Parkville.

    Current patients: do you need an appointment, or want to reschedule?

    • You can request an appointment, or ask to reschedule your current appointment, through the My RCH Portal app. If you haven't signed up to the Portal yet, ask about it when you check in for your next appointment.
    • If you're not using the My RCH Portal, you can call Specialist Clinics on 9345 6180.
    • Every 12 months you'll be asked to bring in a new GP referral for medicare billing purposes. GP referrals generally expire after 12 months, and specialist referrals only last 3 months.

    New patients: do you want to see someone in the public system at RCH?

    • Get a referral from your GP or medical specialist and post, fax or email it to us (see the contact us page for our details)
    • New referrals are triaged according to urgency, and will be classed as routine (up to 12 months wait), semi-urgent (3-4 months wait) or urgent (2-12 weeks wait).
    • If your referral is triaged as routine, you may be placed on a waiting list. Otherwise you will be sent an appointment letter.

    Don't want to wait?

    If your referral has been triaged as non-urgent or semi-urgent and you would rather not wait, you can consider paying for an appointment with a doctor privately (see below). You can also contact Paediatric Rheumatology at Monash Children's, as they also have an excellent service, and usually have much shorter waiting times than RCH. Please let us know if you decide to be seen elsewhere and no longer need to be on the RCH waiting list.

    New patients: do you want to see a paediatric rheumatologist privately?

    If you would like to make a private appointment, you should contact the doctor or their private rooms directly. We cannot help you with private appointments unfortunately, and we do not know their fees or waiting times. Options that you could consider include:

    Dr Jane Munro:
    - Victorian Children's Clinic, 149 Wattletree Road, Malvern. Ph: 9509 2244
    - Melbourne Allergy Centre and Children's Specialists, level 1, 48 Flemington Road, Parkville (next to RCH). Ph 9345 6888

    Dr Roger Allen
    - Children's Private Medical Group, Level 3, 48 Flemington Road, Parkville (next to RCH). Ph: 9345 6688, fax 9345 6100 or email reception@cpmgmelbourne.com.au
    - Ringwood Private Hospital, 36 Mount Dandenong Road, Ringwood. Ph: 8804 4050
    - Geelong Paediatric Clinic, Geelong University Hospital, Ryrie Street, Geelong. Ph: 4215 1680
    - Paediatric Group, 44 Docker Street, Wangaratta. Ph 5721 3873
    - Meiklejohn Street Medical Clinic, 9 Meiklejohn Street, Numurkah. Ph 5862 2111

    Dr Peter Gowdie
    - Children's Private Medical Group, Level 3, 48 Flemington Road, Parkville (next to RCH). Ph: 9345 6688, fax 9345 6100 or email reception@cpmgmelbourne.com.au 
    - Rooms in Cheltenham: Ph 9583 4530 
    - Clinic in Warragul: contact Cheltenham rooms on 9583 4530.

    Dr Angela Cox
    - Victorian Children's Clinic, 149 Wattletree Road, Malvern. Ph: 9509 2244

    What you need to bring to your child's outpatient appointment

    • An up-to-date doctor's referral (if this hasn't already been sent or faxed to us)
    • Any medical imaging for your child (if this was not done at RCH) eg: x-rays, ultrasound, MRI report
    • Any recent blood test results your child has had (if they were not done at RCH)
    • Your child's Medicare card
    • Your child's health care card if you have one