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Neurology - public patients


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

Scope of Service

This service includes referrals for most general adult neurological conditions.

Mater's neurology service does not have the capacity to accept referrals for:

-  Back pain, neck pain or spinal pain

-  Chronic pain management

-  Migraines and chronic muscle tension headaches

-  Medico-legal consultations and reports

-  Second and third opinions, etc.

-  Botulinum injections

Referral Criteria

Please include all of the minimum referral requirements and:

-  History and duration of neurological symptoms

-  Relevant clinical findings

-  Results of relevant imaging

-  Results of relevant pathology

-  EEG and nerve condition studies/ EMG results if available and if relevant

-  Previous correspondence if seen elsewhere

Mater Adult Referral Form

Referrals can be sent by:

Secure messaging           Medical Objects:   HM4101000R8

                                     HealthLink EDI:      materref                                                                                             

Fax                                07 3163 8548

Referral Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority

This should be used as a general guideline only – categorisation will be based on the individual referral.


-  New onset seizures

-  Sub-acute neuropathy

-  TIAs

-  New onset MS

-  Newly diagnosed Parkinson's Disease

-  Established epilepsy

-  Headaches

-  Long-standing neuropathies

-  Dementia

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

Prof. Michael O'Sullivan Director of Neurosciences
Dr Stefan Blum Neurologist
Dr Sasha Dionisio Neurologist
Dr Lisa Gillinder Neurologist 
Dr Alexander Lehn Neurologist
Dr Daniel Schweitzer Neurologist


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 

Pre-Referral Guidelines

Chronic muscle tension headaches and migraines

The following guideline is intended for consideration by the treating GP

It is subject to the assessment of the patient’s clinical circumstances and in no way is intended to replace the clinical assessment and judgment of the GP.

Recommended treatment

Medical management for chronic muscle tension headaches:

1. Commence a trial of TCA, provided not contraindicated e.g. dothiepin

2. If unsuccessful, commence a trial of gabapentin

Medical management for migraines:

Includes the standard medications used for prophylaxis, provided there is no contraindication: propranolol, some tricyclics (eg. dothiepin, imipramine, amitriptyline) pizotifen, topiramate, gabapentin and valporate. With the sedating medications, give them in the evening alone and slowly titrate.

Botulinum injections are not given at Mater Hospital Brisbane.  

Content reviewed 21/03/16 


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