Information for Outpatient services

Find out about making an appointment to attend the Movement Disorder Clinic (MDC), whether you need a referral, what to expect at your first appointment, our fees, location, information about our inpatient unit, and much more.

Services offered

Our team of health professionals who are all specialised in movement disorders includes:

  • Neurologists
  • Geriatrician
  • Dietitian
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Nurse
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Social workers
  • Speech pathologists

Is there a fee for the services?

If you hold a current Medicare card who will not be charged a fee when you use any of the outpatient services.

Do you need a referral?

You need a referral from your GP to see one of our medical specialists. Your GP will need to send the referral to the Monash Health central intake team, Access.
Referrals can be emailed to icareaccess@monashhealth.org or faxed to (03) 9554 9151.

We must receive your referral prior to making an appointment for you. You will receive a confirmation letter once the referral has been received by Access.

Access will contact you to arrange an appointment. They will also send you an appointment letter.

Your GP can also refer you to see our allied health professionals. Referral for allied health can be sent to Access by email to icareaccess@monashhealth.org or faxed to (03) 9554 9151.

You can also refer yourself to see one of our allied health professionals without a referral from your GP but you will need to provide us with your latest medical health summary, which you can get from your GP.

If you wish to refer yourself to see our allied health team without a GP referral, you will need to contact our clinic (03) 9265 1411 and speak with one of our senior clinicians. You will be asked to provide information about your condition and the reasons why you wish to attend our service. This information will be sent, along with your medical health summary, to the Access team. You will receive a confirmation letter once the referral has been processed by Access. Access will contact you to arrange an appointment. They will also send you an appointment letter.

Is there a waiting time?

  • Our clinic staff make every effort to give patients appointments as promptly as possible. However due to the demand for our services there are times when there is a waiting period before an initial appointment is available. If your need for a medical or allied health appointment is urgent, please talk to your local doctor.
  • The waiting time for your initial appointment will be outlined in Access’s confirmation letter.

What to expect

  • Assessment by one of the specialist doctors if you have requested a medical referral
  • Ongoing review by any one of the MDP doctors after your initial assessment
  • If you requested a referral to one of the allied health team members, you will first have a comprehensive assessment by a team member to identify all of your health concerns. The team member will then develop a care plan with you and from this decide if you need a referral to any of the individual team members for assessment and treatment.
  • Depending on your health needs, each team member you see will set treatment goals for you and your carer and family to work towards.
  • As your health care needs change over time, team members will assess any changes and develop new treatment plans for you.

Cancellation of appointments

You will be sent an SMS reminder several days before your appointment. Please notify the clinic at least 48 hours before your appointment if you are unable to attend. We can then give your appointment time to another patient. This helps to keep the waiting time for our appointments down.

What to bring to your first appointment

Please bring a list of all the medications you are currently taking, including the dose and how often you are taking them. Also bring the results of any recent medical tests that you have had.

Will my GP get a letter?

The medical specialist and/ or the allied health professionals will write a letter to your local doctor summarising their findings and recommendations, along with your management plan, after your initial appointment.

Opening hours

We are open Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 4pm.

We are closed on weekends and public holidays.

If you need a doctor urgently outside of these times, please contact your local GP or your nearest Hospital Emergency Department.

Dial 000 in case of an emergency.

As all MDC health professionals work part time, appointment days will be dependent on the days they work.

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