We encourage you to have an ongoing relationship with your family doctor (GP).  To claim a Medicare rebate, you need to have a current referral. A referral is related to a specific condition and GP referrals are valid for 12 months.  If you need advice about another problem, you are required by Medicare to obtain a separate referral.  Referrals from other specialist doctors are valid for 3 months.


We are able to see children without a referral. However, the fee is unchanged and you are not able to claim a Medicare rebate.