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Medical professionals

Doctors, and in particular general practitioners (GPs), are often your starting point when it comes to health and care.

When you first meet with them (this is sometimes called a consultation), they will assess any problems you may present with, and try to treat your immediate health concerns.

If needed, they can also organise relevant tests to inform a diagnosis, and can refer you to specialist, hospital or alternate care.

For example, if you’ve got a heart condition, they may refer you to a cardiologist.

Your GP may also refer you to what’s known as an allied health professional. These are trained professionals who can help manage physical and mental health, such as physiotherapists and psychologists.

What’s a specialist?

A medical specialist is a doctor who has completed advanced education and training in a specific area of medicine, such as gynaecology, cardiology or orthopaedic surgery. In fact, there’s specialists for almost all areas of medicine.

How do I see a specialist?

As a public patient, if you need to visit a specialist, you’d usually be referred by your GP to a public clinic, and be assigned a specialist.

If you’re choosing to be a private patient, you’ll generally get a referral from your GP (or local doctor). This referral letter doesn’t need to be made out to a particular specialist, however it does need to be dated, signed and include any relevant information to qualify for a Medicare rebate.

When choosing a specialist, there are a few things you may want to consider. 

Depending on what’s important to you, you might consider:

Who your GP recommends
Experience they may have with your treatment or condition/s, along with outcomes they’ve achieved for their patients
What hospitals they practice at
Any recommendations from friends or family who may have needed a similar treatment
Any costs that they may charge
Whether they will participate in any medical gap schemes your insurer may have in place?


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