Rheumatologists mainly deal with problems involving the joints and the allied conditions of connective tissue, using tools such as laboratory tests and X-rays to diagnose patient problems.

A substantial range of conditions are diagnosed or managed with the help of our rheumatologists, including:

  • Arteritis
  • Behçet's syndrome
  • Buerger's disease (thromboangiitis obliterans).
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Gout and Psuedogout
  • Henoch-Schönlein purpura
  • Kawasaki's disease (mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome)
  • Lupus erythematosus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Polyarteritis nodosa
  • Polychondritis
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Polymyositis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scleroderma (systemic sclerosis)
  • Septic arthritis
  • Serum sickness
  • Sjögren's syndrome
  • Spondyloarthropathies
  • Vasculitis
  • Wegener's granulomatosis

Many of these conditions are chronic rather than acute, and in addition to healing, or focus is on returning quality of life to sufferers, many of whom have to deal with a considerable burden of pain.

Rheumatology services are offered at Epworth Eastern, Epworth Freemasons and Epworth Richmond.

Referring to rheumatology

Our patients are at the centre of everything we do.

Our Find a Doctor directory allows you to contact an Epworth accredited specialist for your GP to refer you to.

A referral from your GP, a Specialist or other health professional is required to access most Epworth services and some can be called directly by the patient including our Allied Health Clinic, GP Clinic, Men’s Health Clinic as well as our Breast Services, Epworth Sports and Exercise Medicine Group.

Read more: For GPs - Connecting GPs with Epworth.

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