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Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) Rheumatology outpatient services are provided at Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH). The Rheumatology Unit provides inpatient and outpatient services for patients living in CALHN area who suffer from arthritis, inflammatory connective tissue disease and other musculoskeletal disorders.

Services are also provided to patients referred from rural and remote areas.

Services include:

  • Outpatient clinic consultations for diagnosis and management
  • Inpatient consultations
  • Inpatient admissions
  • Joint aspiration
  • Rheumatological ultrasonography.

Appointment location at RAH

Outpatient Department, Level 5E.1 Royal Adelaide Hospital Port Road SA 5000

Please refer to the outpatient map below and present to your designated clinic on the day of your appointment.


A variety of ‘themed’ clinics according to the type of rheumatological condition operate Monday to Friday.

Rapid access clinics are held daily for emergency referrals.

The Unit collaborates closely with other specialist units in CALHN to provide a comprehensive service for the multi-systemic complications of these diseases. Detailed protocols for applying evidence-based, best practice care are in place for many conditions and are implemented with assistance from dedicated nursing, allied health and research professionals.

Referral from your general practitioner (GP)

You need a referral letter from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.

Your doctor will need to fax your referral letter to us. We will be in contact with you within clinically recommended times, depending on waiting list length. If there is no waiting list, you will receive an appointment booking letter or we will contact you to arrange a suitable time.

Please refer to the information sheets below for information regarding the outpatient service.

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