We diagnose and treat arthritis and autoimmune diseases

St Vincent’s Private Hospitals offer a wide range of rheumatology related services, for details of the rheumatology services at your local St Vincent’s Private Hospital, click here.

We can recommend and prescribe a wide range of interventions and medications

Our rheumatology specialists treat a wide range of disorders affecting muscles, joints tendons, ligaments and bones. These include common conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

We also treat less common conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and autoimmune conditions such as lupus and scleroderma.

Our rheumatologists

Our rheumatologists are specialist physicians with particular expertise in the diagnosis and holistic management of people with diseases that affect joints, muscles and bones.

We have rheumatologists with interests and expertise in all aspects of rheumatology.

Conditions we treat

Please check your relevant hospital below for their specific services. **Not all services are available at all hospitals.

  • Back and neck pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritic conditions such as osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Inflammatory immune system disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, scleroderma, systemic sclerosis, lupus, myositis, Sjogren’s syndrome and vasculitis 
 patient receives a back examination


We work closely with orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists and dietitians to provide the best possible treatment for each patient.

We may recommend and prescribe a wide range of medications and interventions to manage pain and treat your condition, including steroid injections, biologic therapies and exercise programs.

What is an autoimmune disorder?

Autoimmune disorders are often treated by rheumatologists.

Your immune system is designed to protect your body from attack by foreign invaders like bacteria, viruses, allergens and other pathogens.

Sometimes it mistakes one or more parts of your body (like your joints, skin or other organs) as invaders and starts attacking them, leading to a range of problems.

The best specialist to diagnose and treat an autoimmune disease often depends on which part of the body is being attacked. For diseases where the bones, joints, muscles, skin or connecting tissue are attacked, a rheumatologist can help.

While curing autoimmune diseases isn’t possible, treatment can reduce the pain and inflammation. Certain drugs can also help to calm down the immune system. Physiotherapy can help maintain your mobility and restore function.


This information is of a general nature, which may not be relevant to you. Any surgery or invasive procedure carries risk. We encourage you to speak with your doctor about your condition.

Find a hospital near you offering rheumatology services

For over 100 years, St Vincent's Private Hospital Melbourne has excelled in the delivery of quality patient care. We work in partnership with our patients and their families to take a compassionate and holistic approach to healthcare.

Our experienced team of clinical professionals, care givers and support staff are equipped to provide the highest level of therapeutic, medical and surgical services. We work together to ensure your safety, well-being and recovery.

Your GP or specialist can refer you to one of our rheumatologists.

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Rheumatology is a medical specialty encompassing the full range of rheumatic disorders, including common diseases such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Less common diseases such as ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and autoimmune conditions such as lupus and scleroderma are also included.
The Rheumatology Department at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney includes highly trained specialists who meet the challenges in diagnosis and management of these disorders.
Our rheumatologists frequently liaise with our colleagues in Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurology and arrange case conferences for patients who present a challenge in management. We also work closely with allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and podiatrists.

Members of the department also have an interest in ongoing chronic pain syndromes, spinal pain disorders and osteoporosis. In addition to providing clinical services, we’re engaged in teaching and research into some of the rheumatic disorders and therapeutic clinical trials. Over the years we’ve conducted clinical trials of new therapies in rheumatoid arthritis and particularly in gout, with the collaboration of Professor Ric Day, Director of
Clinical Pharmacology.

Your GP or specialist can refer you to one of our rheumatologists.

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