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Medical Referral

A Referral from your General Practitioner (GP) or your Medical Specialist is required (as of 1st July 2023) if you wish to see one of our Plastic Surgeons. A Referral from a General Practitioner is valid for 12 months whereas a Referral from a Specialist is valid for 3 months.

How to get a Medical Referral from a GP or a Specialist to one of our Plastic Surgeons at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery

Please FAX your referral letter to (03) 9429 8456 or via email to

If the procedure you are having has a Medicare Item Number and is not purely cosmetic surgery you may be eligible to claim through Medicare and your Private Health Insurer.

Below are 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. Our main clinic is located in Hawthorn in Melbourne, Australia.

Surgeons at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery

About our Melbourne Surgeons

We currently do not 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 your GP (General Practitioner) or a Medical Professional and ask for a referral to either Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery – or a specific surgeon.

Benefits of getting a Medical Referral

  • Keeps all your medical records in one place (Your GP)
  • Informs your surgeon about your medical history
  • It also enables your surgeon to keep your GP (General Practitioner) updated
  • You need a referral in order to be eligible to claim for a Medicare Rebate and Private Health Insurance subsidy (if the procedure carries a Medicare item number and is medically necessary)

Information for a Medical Referral to a Specialist Plastic Surgeon or Ear Nose Throat (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 required)

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 Psychological history and any Mental Health issues
  • Dietary status
  • Family history
  • Allergies
  • Diagnostic tests completed and any results

NOTE – A referral from a General Practitioner 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.

Useful Medicare Criteria Information for Patients getting a Referral

Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001124843 Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001190266 Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon MED0001052799 Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001405964 Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

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 - Friday.

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.

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