Please note that we do not see patients below the age of 12 years.

We receive many referrals and one of the reasons for relocating is to enable us to reduce the wait times for a clinic appointment. We have some great new specialists who will be starting with us who will be able to see patients sooner. Meanwhile we reserve slots for urgent appointments, so when you send in your referral we will assess it and prioritise accordingly. We also keep a cancellation list so if you can come in at short notice you may be offered an earlier appointment.

Waiting Lists

As you know, there is a high demand for Allergy & Asthma services. We currently have a 3 to 4 month wait-list for routine appointments. However all referrals are triaged by urgency and we do keep slots for urgent patients. Also if the patient and the referring doctor is willing to see another doctor in the practice we can usually fit people in sooner.

  Clinic Location

Level 1, Suite 123
Chelsea House
55 Flemington Road
North Melbourne VIC 3051

  48 Hours Before Your Appointment

Two days (48 hours) before your appointment please stop taking oral antihistamines (Hayfever or Allergy tablets) such as:

  • Fexofenadine (eg. Telfast)
  • Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
  • Loratidine (Claratyne)
  • Desloratidine (Aerius)
  • Promethazine (Phenergan)
  • Dexchlorpheniramine (Polaramine)
  • Cyproheptadine (Periactin)

These can interfere with skin prick testing, if it is required. If you find your symptoms get dramatically worse on stopping antihistamine tablets, then go back onto them and we can use blood tests rather than skin tests to investigate for any allergies. You are encouraged to ring ahead to clarify if necessary. You may continue to use any nasal spray; please do not stop your other usual medications.

Some other medications can interfere with allergy prick tests, especially some sorts of antidepressants. Since it's not generally a good idea to stop these, blood tests will likely be used to further investigate allergies in this instance.

DO NOT STOP ANY ASTHMA PUFFERS OR MEDICATIONS.

Do not stop corticosteroid medication or blood pressure medications as these do not interfere with allergy skin testing.

For more information visit ASCIA Allergy Testing  

  Day of Your Appointment

On the day of your appointment, please bring with you:

  • Referral Letter
  • Medicare Card
  • Medications or a current list, including supplements and alternative remedies, as well as previous medications used
  • Any products/packaging that you suspect may be relevant
  • Information, questions or a diary of symptoms as needed
  • Photos if relevant (on the camera or phone will be fine)
  • Results of any previous test including scans, x-rays, breathing tests or blood tests.

  What to Expect

A routine appointment is 30 to 45 minutes.

Allergy skin tests take about 20 minutes and lung function testing about 20 minutes.

Payment is required on the day of appointment. The exact fee will vary according to what the consultation includes (eg. Skin prick testing). Please discuss the fees that may be relevant for your consultation by telephone at the time of making a booking. A referral from a medical practitioner is required in order for you to claim a Medicare rebate as well as to form the basis of ongoing clinical communication.

This is a private medical practice and therefore Bulk Billing is generally not available.

  Cancellations

We understand that sometimes cancellations are necessary and we would appreciate notice so that the appointment can be made available to others. However, cancelled doctor or dietitian appointments, when less than 24 hours notice is given, will incur a $50 cancellation fee.

  Fees

Fees are payable immediately following the consultation. We accept cash, EFTPOS and Visa/Mastercard. You will be able to process your Medicare rebate claim on the spot. This means that your claim will be automatically paid within a few days if Medicare has your bank account details.

If you anticipate that you or your family may have gaps totalling more than several hundred dollars per year, please save the receipts as you may be able to claim some of these under the Safety Net Scheme. For more info, visit Medicare Australia's page on the Medicare Safety Net.

We are able to offer review consultations by Telehealth for eligible rural and remote patients. Please ask us if this may be suitable for your follow up appointments. The out-of-pocket cost to you will be the same.

Fee

Medicare Rebate

Out of Pocket Expense

New Consultation

$475.00

$225.35

$249.65

Review Consultation

$260.00

$112.30

$147.70

Allergy Skin Tests

$140.00

$50.05

$89.95

Lung Function Test

$75.00

$30.35

$44.65

The usual total out-of pocket cost for a new consultation is $384.25.


Dietitian Fees & Appointment Structure

Initial consultation including via phone (60 minutes) - $180
Review consultation (30 minutes) - $80

Referrals

A referral from your medical specialist or GP is preferred although not essential. Referrals can provide useful information about your medical history and current management.

Private Health Insurance Claims

You may be eligible for a private health insurance rebate if your policy includes “extras” cover. The rebate can vary depending on your level of cover and the health fund. We advise you check with your health fund about any dietitian services rebates prior to your appointment.

Medicare Claims

You may be able to claim a medicare rebate if your GP has provided you with a Chronic Disease Management Plan that includes Dietetics. Talk to your GP about making a referral. You must bring with you a completed Medicare CDM form from your GP at the time of your appointment. This entitles you to a rebate of approximately $52 per session, which you can claim back via Medicare after your appointment.

NOTE: Fees are payable immediately following your consult. You will not be able to combine private health insurance claims and the Medicare Chronic Disease Management rebate fee. Please also note Medicare do not accept Chronic Disease Management rebate claims for telephone based consultations only face to face appointments.

Level 1, Suite 123
Chelsea House
55 Flemington Road
North Melbourne VIC 3051

  Getting Here

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