About

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C/Assoc Prof. Andrew Taylor

MBBS FRACP CCPU (Rheum)

I am a Western Australian and graduated in Medicine from the University of Western Australia. I worked as a junior medical officer and registrar at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital before undertaking my training as a Specialist Physician. My training as a Rheumatologist followed at both SCGH and Royal Perth Hospital.

When my training was completed I undertook a 2 year clinical research fellowship at the Royal Hospital of Rheumatic Diseases in Bath, UK. There I worked with international experts furthering my skills in clinical Rheumatology as well as clinical and scientific research.

I established my private practice at St John of God Hospital, Murdoch in 1997 and since then have striven to provide excellence in Rheumatological care and patient education. I am a Consultant Rheumatologist at Royal Perth Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospital.  I have been both Head of Department and Director of the Goatcher Clinical Research Unit of the Rheumatology department at Royal Perth Hospital.

As a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Western Australia I am involved in medical student and physician education in addition to my research.

I am a member of the Australian Rheumatology Association, British Society for Rheumatology, American College of Rheumatology, Australian Association of Consultant Physicians and the Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine.

I am actively involved in clinical research with special interests in spondyloarthritis, new therapies in inflammatory arthritis and musculoskeletal ultrasound.

Practice

Murdoch Rheumatology

Andrew Taylor is the principal Rheumatologist at Murdoch Rheumatology. He established the practice at St John of God Hospital, Murdoch in 1997. The hospital itself was only 4 years old at that time and Andrew was the first Rheumatologist to establish his primary practice in this centre, serving the southern suburbs of Perth. St John of God Hospital, Murdoch has rapidly expanded and is now the largest private health facility south of Perth. The new state public hospital, the Fiona Stanley Hospital is directly adjacent, catering for the southern metropolitan area of Perth. Andrew is a member of its staff.

Murdoch Rheumatology is therefore located within a vibrant specialist health precinct with access to private and public health facilities, as well as pathology and radiology services, a pharmacy and other medical and surgical practices.

At Murdoch Rheumatology care of the patient focuses on experienced assessment, diagnosis, education and treatment. It is essential for a patient to have a full understanding of their condition and not just rely on medications alone. Andrew works in close partnership with physiotherapists, occupational therapists and podiatrists as well as the patient’s general practitioner.

Rheumatology

What is a Rheumatologist?

A Rheumatologist is a medical specialist who diagnoses and medically manages patients with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. These are health problems that affect the joints, muscles and bones. These conditions may only involve one part of your body, but sometimes they are illnesses which may involve many of your joints and muscles and also your internal organs (e.g., kidneys, lungs, blood vessels, brain). Because these diseases are often complex, they benefit from the care of an expert. Only Rheumatologists are experts in this field of medicine.

What to Expect

Your Consultation

Dr Taylor has specialised training to identify the cause of your symptoms. He will ask you to explain the history of your problem and undertake a physical examination. This may include an ultrasound examination. It may be necessary to undertake additional investigations such as blood tests, X-rays and scans to further assess or manage your problem.

Full pathology and radiology services are available within the Medical Clinic and if additional tests are required these may be able to be undertaken straight after your appointment. There is also a pharmacy in the Medical Clinic.

Dr Taylor will develop a management plan for you. This may involve immediate treatment including medications, joint injections and recommendations for therapy including physiotherapy.

A detailed report will be sent to your GP.

Depending on the nature of your illness, you may need to see Dr Taylor regularly for ongoing management. Alternatively you may be treated by your GP, with Dr Taylor on hand for specialist advice.

With an accurate diagnosis and a shared understanding of your illness, Dr Taylor can work together with you and your GP to design a treatment program aimed at managing pain, reducing inflammation and ensuring your quality of life.

What to bring with you

You need to bring with you a referral from your general practitioner (GP). On some occasions your GP may have emailed or faxed this referral prior to your appointment. If this is the case, it is your responsibility to ensure that the referral has been received by Murdoch Rheumatology. Without a valid referral your consultation will not be eligible for the Medicare rebate.

Please bring all your X-rays with you as Dr Taylor may wish to view these and not rely on a report. If you do not have your X-ray films or a CD, please obtain a copy from the Radiology provider you attended.

Your GP may give you copies of your blood tests. If so, it is important to bring these as well.

Murdoch Rheumatology is a private specialist practice and therefore a consultation fee is charged. Payment is expected on the day. Fees are available on enquiry.