Welcome to

Melbourne Kidney Specialists

Our team is dedicated to providing patients with a comprehensive service in Renal and General Medicine, including Peri-operative services.

We focus on the health and well being of our patients, and aim to provide resources and management based on current medical research.

FEATURED

Jinarc/Tolvaptan in the treatment of Polycystic Kidney Disease

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WHO WE ARE

At Melbourne Kidney Specialists, we are a team of specialists in Renal Medicine dedicated to looking after your kidney health. You can be assured that we have the skills and capability to assist in your health needs. We also have a Neurologist providing Neurophysiology services.

Ian-Fraser

A/Prof Ian Fraser

General Physician and Nephrologist

I am an experienced Nephrologist, with a Private Practice based at Epworth Hospital, Richmond. My patients appreciate my warmth, honesty, and open communication. I’m determined to help my patients understand their own health using evidenced based practice principles. I am heavily involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. I have held many senior positions in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and I am a member of the College's Senior Examiners Panel.

With years of experience, I understand how to work with my patients to ensure they receive the best care possible. My thoughtful and personalized approach means I’m fully committed to the health and well-being of all my patients. Read below to find out about services I provide. With a Kidney Doctor like me, and you’re in great hands.

I am a Nephrologist, currently working at Epworth Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital. I have held a number of senior positions with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and am currently a member of the Senior Examiners Panel for the College. I am an active clinical researcher, and have been involved in clinical trials, ranging from the pivotal studies of Tolvaptan in adult polycystic kidney disease, through to the use of mesenchymal stem cells in diabetic kidney disease. I believe knowledge is power, for both patient and doctor, and with my open communication style will help you better understand your kidney disease and your treatment options.

Marcus-Tan

Dr Marcus Tan

General Physician and Nephrologist

Dr Marcus Tan attended The University of Melbourne and graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1997. He completed his training as a Nephrologist in 2008, and was duly admitted as a Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians. During his training, he has worked at The Alfred Hospital, Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre and The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Dr Tan's areas of medical practice include General Nephrology and Dialysis, General Medicine and Perioperative Medicine.

Private practice is located at the Epworth Medical Centre, Richmond. Dr Tan has private admission rights to the Epworth Hospital, Richmond, Freemason's Hospital, East Melbourne and Melbourne Private Hospital, Parkville. Dr Tan also provides inpatient consultations at the St Vincent's and Mercy Private Hospitals.

Dr Tan continues to be actively involved with medical education through the Epworth Healthcare, the RACP and the medical schools at the University of Melbourne and Monash University.

Fiona-Chow

Dr Fiona Chow

General Physician and Nephrologist

Dr Fiona Chow is a physician specialising in both general internal medicine and kidney disease. She received basic and specialist physician training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She subsequently completed a PhD in Medicine at Monash Medical Centre investigating the cause of diabetic kidney damage, where she presented her work at conferences within Australia and internationally. Since 2015, she has been in full-time clinical practice. She has admitting rights at Epworth Richmond and Epworth Freemasons Hospitals. She aims to provide holistic and thoughtful care to her patients, and has an interest in acute and chronic kidney disease, haemodialysis, general internal medicine and perioperative care.
Andrew-Talbot

Dr Andrew Talbot

General Physician and Nephrologist

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KIDNEY HEALTH AND DISEASE

Kidney diseases are common, and they can range from mild to severe disease.  Treatment requirements can range from minimal intervention, to kidney dialysis and transplantation, and patient education regarding their condition are key aspects of management.

Kidney Transplantation

Treatment of choice for advanced renal failure in selected patients

Kidney Dialysis

Supporting and maintaining health.

Chronic Kidney Disease

Preserving kidney function.

Clinical Trials & Research

Accessing new and novel treatments.

FAQS

In this section you will find answers to some of the most common queries that we receive regarding appointments, patient care and costs. Please click on the tabs below to see the answers and feel free to contact us if you need further clarifications.

Our Location

Our practice address is Suite 5.2, Level 5, 32 Erin Street, Richmond 3121. We are situated at the Epworth Centre entrance (in Epworth Hospital, Richmond).

Parking at Melbourne Kidney Specialists

Parking is available on-site via the Epworth Hospital – underground (Bridge Road Entrance). Please check the website for parking pricing: https://www.epworth.org.au/Our-Hospitals/Epworth-Richmond/Pages/Directions-and-parking.aspx

Metered parking is available along Erin Street and Lennox Street at roughly $4 an hour.

Please allow extra time to find parking.

Public Transport

Tram

From the Melbourne city: you can catch the tram 48 towards North Balwyn from Collins Street or tram 75 towards East Burwood from Flinders Street and get off at tram stop number 15.

Train 

The closest train station is the West Richmond Station which is on the South Morang and Hurstbridge Lines. Richmond Station on Swan Street is a 15 minute walk away.

Cancellation

Appointment Time/Lateness

Our doctors endeavour to start all appointments on time. In consideration to other patients, please be present at your scheduled appointment time (or 5-10 minutes earlier for new patients). Our doctors reserve the right to reschedule appointments if patients are more than 20 minutes late.

Cancelling appointment

When patients do not show up for an appointment, other patients lose the opportunity to be seen. Please allow at least one business day before your scheduled appointment to cancel or reschedule your booking. A cancellation fee of $50 applies to non-attendance or late cancellations (less than 24 hours).

Who can make an appointment?

We require a referral from your general practitioner or specialist prior to booking an appointment.

We accept Private, Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), Workcover, and TAC patients.

What to bring to your first appointment?

Referral 

A current referral from your GP or treating specialist is required prior to booking your appointment. 

A list of your current medications 

Investigations 

Any relevant reports of ultrasound, MRI, CT, X-rays and blood tests if available.

Medicare, DVA, Aged Pension Cards

WorkCover/TAC patients 

We require relevant documents relating to your claims from your insurance in order for us to bill directly to your insurance. 

For WorkCover/TAC patients seeing Dr Kiers

Prior approval is required prior to the test being performed (where the request is generally made by the referring doctor or the case manager), or you will be required to pay the full fee on the day as follows:

TAC – $359.06, WorkCover – $401.32

Patients should be able to get the full amount reimbursed by the insurance if approved by the case manager.

Additional Information for Dr Lyn Kiers patients

It is preferred that you do not use any moisturiser or lotion on the day of your appointment. Loose fitting clothes are recommended for easy access to arms and/or legs during conduction of the test. The test will take approximately 15-30 minutes. Please allow at least one hour for your visit.

Please advise if you are on blood thinning medication.

Patient Profile Form

Please click on the link below to complete our patient profile form and bring it on the day of your appointment. Or you can email, fax, or post the patient form prior to your appointment.

Dr Fraser, Dr Tan, Dr Chow, and Dr Talbot – Download Patient Form

Dr Fraser, Dr Tan, Dr Chow, and Dr Talbot – Information for Patients

Dr Kiers – Download Patient Form

Fees

We offer lodgement of Medicare rebates electronically on the day of your appointment. Please make sure your bank details are registered with Medicare.

We expect full amount of payment on the day of service.

We accept cash, EFTPOS, and credit card. We do not accept cheque payments.

Appointment with A/Prof Fraser, Dr Chow, Dr Tan, and Dr Talbot:

Initial Consultation                         $220
Follow-up Consultation                  $110

Appointment with A/Prof Lynette Kiers for EMG/NCS:

The fee will be between $260 and $300 (out-of-pocket cost will be between $69.60 and $109.60). This will depend on the complexity, length of study, and/or the requirement of an EMG needle (to cover the cost of the disposable EMG needle and extra study duration).

EMG/NCS

Lynette-Kiers

A/Prof Lynette Kiers

Neurologist and Clinical Neurophysiologist

Lynette Kiers is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Clinical Neurophysiology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. After completing her medical degree and neurology training at the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital, Lyn embarked upon postgraduate training in clinical neurophysiology at the Mayo Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital, USA. During this time she initiated a number of research projects utilizing transcranial magnetic brain stimulation to study corticospinal pathways and motor control, in addition to obtaining her American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. She has extensive experience in clinical neurophysiology and botulinum toxin injections for a range of neurologic diseases. Lyn has been involved in numerous peripheral neuropathy trials, particularly in the area of demyelinating neuropathies, as well as being the Neurology Advisor on several committees addressing IVIg criteria and Governance.

Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) are a diagnostic test used to evaluate the peripheral nerves and muscles. It can be helpful in evaluating weakness, muscle pain, numbness, and pins and needles. Common conditions referred for NCS include carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy and peripheral neuropathy. Sometimes Electromyography(EMG) will also be required, such as for evaluation of spinal nerve root compression, muscle disease, and acute traumatic nerve injuries.

Nerve conduction studies involve stimulating the nerves on the surface of the skin and recording from either nerves or muscles. This causes a tingling/throbbing/tapping sensation and may cause the muscle to twitch. There are no side effects or after-effects and most patients find the test to be only mildly uncomfortable. If EMG is required, a fine disposable needle will be inserted into several muscles and recordings of the muscle activity is made. This is not required in most cases but may be indicated for investigation of muscle disease, and also for some generalized or focal nerve disorders. Rarely this results in a bruise or small haematoma (collection of blood) at the site of needle insertion, which will resolve spontaneously. Please advise Dr. Kiers if you are on blood thinning medication.

Dr. Kiers will issue a report at the end of the test. This should be taken back to your referring doctor for further discussion regarding diagnosis and treatment.

Ian-Fraser

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CONTACT US

Melbourne Kidney Specialists is committed to providing quality and comprehensive healthcare. To learn more about our clinic and how we can help you, get in touch with us today.

 

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 8.00am – 5.00pm

Address: The Epworth Centre, Suite 5.2, Level 5, 32 Erin Street, Richmond VIC 3121

Email: reception@kidneymedical.com.au

Phone: 03 9428 9577

Fax: 03 9428 8789