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Ophthalmology - public patients


This page contains information for general practitioners on how to refer patients aged 16 years and over to Ophthalmology services at Mater Hospital Brisbane.

Scope of Service

Mater Hospital Brisbane does not have the facility to accept referrals for laser refractive surgery for cornea.

Referral Criteria

Please include all of the minimum referral requirements and:

  • Visual acuity and best corrected visual acuity with glasses - essential for all referrals
  • Past ocular history – trauma / operations
  • General medical history e.g. diabetes, hypertension, asthma
  • Relevant psychosocial and social issues impacting on activities of daily living e.g. driving, work, leisure, mobility
  • Any social support or if the patient lives alone
  • Note if the patient is a contact lense user
  • Optometry report if available
  • Computerised perimetry results if available
  • If diabetic, indication of recent control of BSL, e.g. HbA1c

Please note: Due to a high demand for this service, specialists at Mater Ophthalmology department encourage and recommend utilising the services of optometrists prior to referral. Recent optometry reports support our ability to triage and categorise appropriately.  

Mater Adult Referral Form

Referrals can be faxed to 07 3163 8548.

Referral Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority

Examples only (not a complete list of referrals accepted). This should be used as a general guideline only – categorisation will be based on the individual referral.


-  Neurological conditions threatening permanent damage if treatment is likely to be delayed

-  Diabetic conditions with sudden or severe loss of vision e.g. Retinopathy

-  Progressive / invasive cancers e.g. Intraocular malignancy

-  Wet macular degeneration

- Retinal detachment or suspected retinal tear/detachment

-  Low-grade non-progressive neoplasms e.g. benign tumours

-  Moderately progressive diabetic conditions e.g. Maculopathy

-  Orbital disease e.g. thyroid eye disease

-  Glaucoma (chronic)


-  Chronic impairment of vision e.g. dry macular degeneration, cataracts.

-  Chronic non sight threatening conditions e.g. pterygium, ectropion

- Second eye cataract

- Cataracts in either eye with best corrected Snellen visual acuity of 6/12 or better

Mater endeavours to see all priority patients within 30 days from GP referral

Mater endeavours to see all semi urgent patients within 3 months from GP referral

Mater endeavours to see all routine referrals within 12 months from GP referral

Your patient may want to consider a referral to a private specialist.

 Our Specialists

A/Prof Anthony Kwan Director of Ophthalmology
Dr Andrew Carroll Ophthalmologist
Dr Jason Cassar Ophthalmologist
Dr Graham Lee Ophthalmologist
Dr Rowan Porter Ophthalmologist
Dr Brandan Cronin Ophthalmologist
Dr Roxanne Kempster Ophthalmologist
Dr Ravi Thomas Ophthalmologist
Dr Sunil Warrier Ophthalmologist
Dr Phung Vu Ophthalmologist


Bulk Billed Clinics

Mater Health Services offers patients the opportunity to attend bulk billed clinics. To provide your patient with the opportunity to attend a bulk billed specialist clinic, please provide a named referral to one of our specialists listed above.

Contact Us

If you would like to discuss a referral, including clinical criteria, or update the status of a current patient please contact our priority GP phone line on 07 3163 2200 

Content reviewed 23/12/15


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