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This page is intended for General Practitioners

The combination of medical and educational services is what makes the Baker Specialist Clinics the most comprehensive facility for the treatment and management of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

General Practitioners can refer their patients to one of the Institute’s specialists for an individual appointment. We are able to coordinate appointments with several specialists on the same day to make the best use of your patient’s time.

The Baker Specialist Clinics offer prompt and professional consulting services. Should your patient need to be seen sooner our consultants are willing to fast track patients on your request.

Refer a patient to our:
Melbourne clinics   Footscray clinics

Once you have submitted a referral, we will contact your patient to arrange their appointment(s).
If they have any questions they can contact us on 03 8532 1800.

Our medical services

Each specialist will provide a written report to the referring GP within five working days of a visit so that specific follow-up can be initiated where required.

A pathology service is available on-site for patients to have blood tests performed at the time of their medical appointment, with results available immediately for their treating doctor.

We are able to provide a range of investigation services, including Holter monitor testing, 24-hour blood pressure monitors, ECGs, transthoracic echocardiography and stress echocardiography.

Cardiology services
Our cardiologists help people with cardiovascular disease manage their condition day-to-day. Through clinical consultations (including our state-of-the-art Echocardiology services), our cardiologists provide support and treatment to patients.
Most of our cardiac investigation services are bulk billed and our cardiologists offer an extremely high quality of reporting.

Diabetes Clinic
We provide a team approach to help patients manage their diabetes, prevent complications and get the best out of life.

Ophthalmology clinic
For patients who are at risk of vision loss from diabetes retinopathy, we offer appointments with an Ophthalmologist who provides screening for diabetic eye disease and treatment of eye disease.

Respiratory Clinic
Our Respiratory Clinic looks at sleep disorders in the context of diabetes, heart failure, obesity and hypertension.

Weight Assessment and Management Clinic
Our specialist provides treatment for people with chronic weight problems.

Our allied health and education services

Diabetes Nurse Education
A consultation with a credentialed diabetes nurse educator will focus on improving a patients understanding of their diabetes and treatment options whilst providing advice and support on taking an active role in managing their condition.

Dietitian
Individual consultations with an accredited practicing dietitian with qualifications and skills to provide expert nutrition and dietary advice are available. During these sessions a dietitian will assess the patient’s nutritional needs, develop personalised eating plans and offer nutritional counselling and support. These sessions also provide information on healthy eating, shopping for food, eating out and preparing food at home.

Exercise physiology services
Our accredited exercise physiologists provide information and guidance on safe and effective exercise for managing chronic illness (including diabetes, heart disease and obesity). They can also provide physical assessments and personalised exercise program for use in our onsite gym or in home based activities.

Gestational diabetes service
This service is aimed at helping women improve their health after gestational diabetes and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Insulin pump service
We are at the forefront of insulin pump technology. Our experienced team of credentialled diabetes nurse educators and accredited practicing dietitians will create a tailored plan to meet your patients needs.

Group education programs

Group education programs are an ideal way for individuals and their families to learn more about living with diabetes in a group setting. Programs are delivered by diabetes nurse educators and dietitians and are specifically tailored to people with both type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Carbohydrate counting
Practical group workshops that teach essential skills for effective diabetes management.

Flexible Insulin Therapy (FlexIT)
These education sessions are run throughout the year and are designed for people who are managing their type 1 diabetes on basal bolus insulin therapy.