How to Get a Medical Referral

How to get a Medical Referral from a GP or a Specialist to a Coco Ruby Surgeon

If your surgery is eligible for a Medicare item number you’ll need to get a valid Medical Referral to access the Medicare rebate (and maybe a Private Health Fund subsidy). A Referral from a GP is valid for 12 months whereas a Referral from a Specialist is valid for 3 months. Please FAX your referral letter to (03) 9429 8456 or alternatively send by email to

NOTE – It is NOT essential to have a medical referral before having an initial consultation with a Coco Ruby Plastic Surgeon – but you won’t be eligible for the Medicare rebate of about $70.

Depending on your level of Private Hospital Insurance cover,  you may be able to get assistance from your Insurer to subsidise your Hospital Fee but only IF you are eligible for a Medicare item number and have a valid Medical Referral.

Here is an article on the RULES about what is a Valid Medical Referral to a Specialist.

Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery offers a range of Breast, Body, Face and Nose surgery, as well as, Gender SRS Cosmetic Plastic Surgery by some of Australia’s most experienced surgeons. Our main clinic is located in Hawthorn and also Berwick in Melbourne, Australia.

Surgeons at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery – Plastic Surgeons and ENT Surgeon

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About our Melbourne Surgeons and their Specialities

We currently don’t offer Skin Cancer Surgery, Post Cancer Reconstruction, Hand Surgery or Trauma Surgery – however, we can help you find another reliable surgeon to refer to.

Doctors and Medical Practices that can provide you with a Medical Referral for Plastic Surgery

Young, Dr RichardMedi 7 – Suite 2A, 517 St Kilda Road Melbourne(03) 9013 9794
Doswell, Dr JulieCamberwell Junction Medical Clinic – Rear 6-8 Prospect Hill Road Camberwell(03) 9882 8184
Ebert, Dr DirkRowville Health – 12 St Lawrance Way Rowville(03) 9764 1617
Rogers, Dr. SueNorth Ringwood Medical Centre – 210 Warrandyte Road Ringwood North(03) 9876 2222
Mahdi, Dr NadiaGreensborough Medical Centre – 9-13 Flintoff Street Greensborough(03) 9431 9200
Shivaraj, Dr SumaModern Medical Hobsons Bay – 196-200 Hall Street Spotswood(03) 9391 2855
Yiap, Dr DebbieThomas Street Family Medical Centre – 162 Thomas Street Brighton East(03) 9578 2561
Mulkearns, Dr PaulLeake Street Clinic – 11 Leake Street Essendon(03) 9379 2042
Aouad, Dr AymanNorthend Medical Centre – 48-50 Childs Road Epping(03) 9408 8800
Sher, Dr Julia302 Glenferrie Road Medical Centre – 302 Glenferrie Rd Malvern(03) 9822 9822
Pai, Dr EmmyLongevity Medical Centre – 8 Jackson Court Doncaster East(03) 9848 2009
Herington, Dr MarcVictoria Harbour Medical Centre 2/3, 850 Collins Street Docklands(03) 9629 1414
Karamoutsos, Dr PeterGreensborough Medical Centre 9-13 Flintoff Street Greensborough(03) 9431 9200
Monk, Dr AndrewManningham General Practice PO Box 2378 Lower Templestowe(03) 8850 0500
Arsenakis, Dr BillBurnley Street Medical Centre 307 Burnley Street Richmond(03) 9429 5499
Nunes, Dr LydiaBrighton Medical Clinic 26 Carpenter Street Brighton(03) 9592 0222
Matthews, Dr MagdelenaWestgate Health Co-Op Ltd 547 The Lakes Boulevard South Morang(03) 9436 0966
Thondan, Dr MalaHarp Family Medical Centre 623 High Street Kew East(03) 9859 7711
Alexander, Dr MouradOur Lady Of Rivergum Medical Centre 3 Rivergum Drive Mill Park(03) 9436 0700
Kliman, Dr LenSuite 101, 320 Victoria Parade East Melbourne(03) 9419 2372
Wan, Dr LiHEMAC 663 Burwood Road Hawthorn East(03) 9078 9997
Mann-Segal, Dr DanielNorth Road Medical Centre 409 North Road Caulfield South(03) 9576 9311
Lim, Dr AnthonyNorth Ringwood Medical Centre 210 Warrandyte Road Ringwood North(03) 9876 2222
Franks, Dr ArthurThe Clinic Williamstown 107 Ferguson Street Williamstown(03) 9397 1366

Please make an appointment with a Medical Professional and ask for a referral to either the clinic – Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery – or a specific surgeon.

Benefits of getting a Medical Referral

  • Firstly, it keeps all your medical records in one place (Your GP)
  • Secondly, it informs your surgeon about your medical history
  • It also enables your surgeon to keep your GP updated
  • Furthermore, yo need it in order to be eligibility for a Medicare Rebate and possible Private Health Insurance subsidy for your medically necessary surgery.
  • And finally, you can get a Medicare Rebate on your Specialist Consultation Fee if you have a medical referral.  However, not for purely Cosmetic surgery, only medically necessary surgery.

Information for a Medical Referral to a Specialist Plastic Surgeon or ENT Surgeon

Helpful Information in a Patient Referral for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

The following items would be helpful in your medical referral to a specialist plastic or ENT Surgeon.

Patient Demographic Information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Next of kin
  • Postal address
  • Contact number(s)
  • Email address
  • Medicare number
  • Referring GP details including provider number
  • Usual GP (if different)
  • Interpreter requirements (if req)

Patient Clinical Information

  • Reason for referral to a specialist
  • Duration of symptoms
  • Management to date and response to treatment
  • Past medical history
  • Current medications and medication history if relevant
  • Functional status and capability
  • Both Psychosocial history and any Mental Health issues
  • Dietary status
  • Family history
  • Diagnostic tests completed and any results

NOTE – A referral from a GP is valid for 12 months whereas a Referral from a Specialist is valid for 3 months. It is also vital that your referral is valid at the time of surgery.

In order to be eligible for Medicare – It is helpful that your doctor indicates that you meet all the criteria.

Useful Medicare Criteria Information for Patients getting a Referral

Download our Guide to Medicare and Health Insurance for Plastic Surgery

Medicare and Health Insurance Guide

Download ALL the Plastic Surgery Procedure Guides & Patient Journey Guides

You can access all our guides and checklists online or we are happy to send out printed copies of these guides to Victorian Medical Clinics.

Plastic Surgery Patient Information Guide - for Doctors

Coco Ruby’s Specialist Plastic and ENT Surgeons

With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic Surgeons are dedicated to best practice patient care and education, customising Breast Enlargement Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

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What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday.

Phone 1300 264 811, Email us: or Book a FREE 15-minute Phone Chat with our Patient Liaison Manager or a Virtual Consultation with a Surgeon.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.