Our commitment is to ensure the safety of patients, staff, clinicians, family and our immuno-compromised community against Covid-19 and other infectious diseases. If you have tested positive to Covid-19, please do not visit the rooms for at least 7 days.
If you are experiencing cold/flu/respiratory symptoms or are feeling unwell, please call 8232 4155 to re-schedule your appointment, or a telehealth consultation may be an option.
All referrals must be forwarded to the practice for assessment by the relevant doctor before an appointment can be made. It is your responsibility to have a valid referral for all specialist appointments, this enables you to receive a Medicare rebate. For your first appointment, please arrive 5-10 minutes earlier as you will be asked to complete a new patient form which includes information of our privacy and billing policy. Full payment is required on the day of consultation (no exceptions). Claims are sent to Medicare electronically on your behalf for reimbursement of rebates. Our friendly staff will advise the fees upon making your appointment. We do send reminders when practical for your appointments and referrals.
Full payment on the day. Tap and Go preferred. No cheques accepted.
No work cover / third party appointments are accepted at this practice.
Parking is available on South Terrace and surrounding streets. Unfortunately we do not have onsite parking. Accessible entry is available at the rear of our building. Please call our rooms if you would like further information.
Our goal is to provide quality health care to all our patients in a timely manner. Late cancellations or missing appointments without cancelling inconvenience not only our clinicians, but other patients as well. If cancellation is necessary, please call our rooms on 08 8232 4155 as soon as you know you will not be able to attend your appointment. If the phone is unattended, you may leave a detailed voicemail message. We will return your call as soon as possible. Appointments are in high demand and your advanced notice is appreciated as this will allow another patient to access the cancelled appointment time.
We require minimum 24 hours notice if you need to re-schedule or cancel your appointment. Should you cancel within 24 hours or fail to attend your appointment, you will be charged a $80.00 cancellation fee to cover administration costs.
We are a group of rheumatologists specialising in all aspects of rheumatic and autoimmune conditions, including: rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylosis, psoriatic arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, polymyalgia rheumatica, temporal arteritis, gout, systemic lupus erythematosus, vasculitis, scleroderma.
Dr. Simon Burnet (MBBS, FRACP)
Simon Burnet is a Consultant Rheumatologist who founded RheumatologySA in 2004 at 332 South Terrace, Adelaide. He also consults at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woodville Road, Woodville. He also conducts regular country rheumatology clinics in Angaston and Crystal Brook and supervises the training Rheumatology Registrars in both his public and private clinics. Dr Burnet is the current Chair of the Regional Rheumatology Committee of the Australian Rheumatology Association. He was the Medical Director of Arthritis SA for ten years and remains active in rheumatology educational programmes for General Practitioners and Allied Health Professionals, hospital trainees and medical students. His clinical interests include the management of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, autoimmune connective tissue disorders, gout, temporal arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica.
Professor Maureen Rischmueller
(MBBS, FRACP, CCPU (Rheumatology))
Maureen Rischmueller is a Staff Rheumatologist at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Visiting Medical Specialist at Royal Darwin Hospital, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide. She consults on all rheumatologic disorders, with an interest in autoimmune rheumatic diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, primary Sjögren’s syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, myositis, and other inflammatory disorders such as psoriatic arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, vasculitis, and gout. With Dr Simon Burnet, she runs a large rheumatology clinical trials unit at TQEH which conducts numerous industry-sponsored clinical trials across these indications. She is patron of the Arthritis SA Lupus/Scleroderma/Sjogren’s Support Group, co-chair of the international Sjogren's syndrome special interest group (OMERACT), and member of the European League Against Rheumatism Sjogren’s Syndrome Taskforce, International Sjogren’s Syndrome Genetics Consortium, Arthritis Genomics Recruitment Initiative in Australia, Australian Scleroderma Interest Group Scientific Advisory Committee, Australian Lupus Registry and Biobank Steering Committee, and Australian Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Interest Group. She is a Senior Examiner for the Australian Medical Council.
Dr. Sajini Basnayake (MBBS, FRACP)
Sajini Basnayake is a Consultant Rheumatologist dedicated to treating people with a wide range of rheumatic conditions; she has a particular interest in inflammatory arthritis (Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, Gout) and inflammatory myopathies. She completed her specialist Rheumatology training (FRACP) in Adelaide, having obtained her primary medical degree from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Since then she has worked in London, United Kingdom with exposure to Rheumatology and completed her specialist training in Adelaide in 2013, before joining RheumatologySA as a Consultant Rheumatologist. She also has experience in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. She consults at RheumatologySA on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and in Angaston every second month on a Friday.
Dr Kimberley Ting (MBBS, FRACP)
Kimberley Ting graduated from Flinders University in 2008, and completed her physician and rheumatology training in 2015. She has worked in both clinical and research roles at the RAH, TQEH and FMC. She enjoys all aspects of rheumatology, with an interest in inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune disease, alongside academic interests in giant cell arteritis and gout.
Dr David Bursill (MBBS, FRACP)
David Bursill completed his medical training in 2000 at the University of Adelaide. He has previously worked as a general practitioner, during which time he developed an interest in the field of rheumatology. He became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2017 and is a qualified Rheumatologist. In addition to his clinical work, David is actively engaged in research. In 2017 he completed a research fellowship at the University of Auckland and is involved in ongoing research in the area of crystal arthritis. David enjoys all aspects of rheumatology and has extensive experience in the management of medical patients.
Dr Nieves (Bess) Marie Leonardo
Nieves (Bess) completed dual training in Rheumatology and Acute and General Care Medicine. She worked as a General Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 2008 before Basic Physician Training at Lyell McEwin Hospital in 2011. She worked in all the major hospitals in South Australia during her advance training in Adult Medicine. She has special interest in inflammatory arthritis and connective tissue diseases. She speaks both English and Tagalog. Dr Leonardo also visits Mount Gambier and Naracoorte once a month.
Dr Rachel Black (MBBS, FRACP, PhD)
Rachel Black is a Consultant Rheumatologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and she visits Clare Medical Centre every 8 weeks. She graduated from The University of Adelaide in 2004 and completed her training as a rheumatologist in SA in 2012. She is an active clinician researcher with an interest in epidemiology and undertook a research fellowship at The University of Manchester, UK in 2013, having been awarded the Ken Muirden Overseas Training Fellowship for that year. She received her doctorate from The University of Adelaide in 2019, with a Dean’s commendation. Rachel enjoys all aspects of clinical rheumatology including the management of inflammatory arthritis, vasculitis, and autoimmune diseases.
Dr Navkiran Sidhu (MBBS, FRACP)
Navkiran Sidhu is an Australian trained Consultant Rheumatologist, skilled at diagnosing and managing an array of complex rheumatological conditions, with a keen interest in inflammatory arthritis. In 2021, Dr Sidhu became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. Following this, she completed a clinical research fellowship in early rheumatoid arthritis and palindromic rheumatism at Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine, a EULAR centre of excellence in the UK. Additionally, she gained experience at Leiden University Medical Centre, another EULAR centre of excellence, where she focused on the role of MRI in early arthritis detection and received the ARAQ scholarship. Dr Sidhu has published several articles in peer reviewed journals. Dr Sidhu is available to offer consultations in private practice and provides cover at RAH and QEH.
Dr Julia New-Tolley (MBBS, FRACP)
Julia New-Tolley completed her medical degree at the University of Western Sydney, graduating with distinction and the Dean’s medal. Following internship in NSW she relocated to South Australia where she completed physician training. She was awarded her FRACP in rheumatology after completing rheumatology advanced training across metropolitan Adelaide. Julia is interested in all aspects of rheumatology. She is currently undertaking a Master of Clinical Science through the University of Adelaide focusing on rheumatoid arthritis and exercise.
We offer a Rheumatology Registrar clinic (under the supervision of Dr Burnet and Dr Ting) once a week, which is a medicare rebate only clinic at the South Terrace rooms. This may offer earlier access for clinical assessment and management of patients.
Angaston: Health on Washington, cnr Fife and Washington Streets, Angaston, SA
For an appointment call us on 08 8232 4155 Dr Sajini Basnayake
Crystal Brook: Crystal Brook Medical Practice, 32 Bowman St, Crystal Brook, SA
For an appointment call us on 08 8232 4155 Dr Simon Burnet
Mount Gambier: Ferrers Medical Clinic, 2-4 Wehl Street North, Mount Gambier, SA
For an appointment call us on 08 8232 4155 Dr Nieves Leonardo
Naracoorte: Naracoorte General Practice, 102 Smith Street, Naracoorte, SA
For an appointment call us on 08 8232 4155 Dr Nieves Leonardo
New patients will initially be seen in Adelaide.
Clare: Clare Medical Centre, 41 Old North Road, Clare, SA
For an appointment call us on 08 8232 4155 Dr Rachel Black
SA Pathology collection centre is also located at the premises for your convenience and is open from 8:00am - 4:00pm
Lunch 12:30-1:00pm Monday-Friday (Closed public holidays)
If you wish to view this policy please contact us on 08 8232 4155