Immunology and allergy is a field in which accurate diagnosis and proper management can make a real difference, giving patients clarity in terms of the decisions they make for themselves.
One of the most important things for patients to realise is that conditions can be complex and most require a specialist for accurate diagnosis.
The best thing to do is get a referral from your GP to see a trained specialist. Patients will know if they are seeing a specialist immunologist/allergist as they will need a referral from a GP or other specialist prior to their appointment. They are then eligible to receive a Medicare rebate.
Patients should be aware that if they see a practitioner without a referral then they are not seeing a doctor with specialist Royal Australasian College of Physicians qualifications.
It is our hope that, by coming to our clinic, patients will rid themselves of any confusion or mixed messages about their condition.