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Clinics & services

Joint, muscle & soft tissue disorders

Joint, muscle & soft tissue disorders

We diagnose and treat arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions and autoimmune disorders.

Our services

We are experts at diagnosing and treating:

  • The many different types of arthritis
  • Other musculoskeletal conditions including osteoarthritis, gout, osteoporosis, and some pain conditions, including fibromyalgia
  • autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, Sjogren's syndrome, myositis and vasculitis

We provide inpatient care and comprehensive outpatient services.

Our clinics

We run the following clinics:

  • General Rheumatology Clinic
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinic
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis Clinic
  • Autoimmune Disorders Clinic
  • Giant Cell Arteritis/Polymyalgia Rheumatica Clinic
  • Regional Musculoskeletal/Ultrasound Clinic


For patients

You need a referral from your GP, specialist or health care provider to access this service.

For health professionals

Find out how to refer your patient.

For urgent referrals or enquiries, call Switchboard on 03 9496 5000 and ask for the Rheumatology registrar or nurse.

Contact us


Phone: 03 9496 4013

Fax: 03 9496 4012

Email: rheumatology@austin.org.au

Open hours: Tuesday to Thursday 8.30am - 4.30pm


Dr Lionel Schachna
Acting Head of Unit


Level 1, North Wing
Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital
300 Waterdale Road
Ivanhoe Victoria

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Postal address

Austin Hospital
PO Box 5555
Heidelberg VIC 3084