Frequently asked questions

How long will I be there?

You will usually be seen within 15 minutes of your appointment time. Please arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to enable us to collect your details. Occasionally our doctors may be delayed because of emergencies, or other patients who arrive late to their scheduled appointment.

Appointments will generally be between 10-45 minutes but it is safest to allow at least one hour of your time. Testing for penicillin allergy can take much longer, up to 3 hours.

Can I have an allergy test without seeing one of your doctors?

You can have a test without seeing our doctors, it is a smaller test and only for inhaled allergies, causing hay fever. This test takes about 30 minutes but will be able to tell you if you are allergic to cats, dogs, dust mite, grasses, or moulds. The cost of this test is $60

Please ask for a skin test only when contacting the rooms for this appointment. It does not require a referral, but Medicare will not contribute towards the test.

What will happen?

On arrival our reception staff will greet you and obtain any required information from you. They will then let our medical staff know that you have arrived. We will then listen to your history, and perform appropriate skin testing.

Following this, your Doctor will interpret the skin test, review all your results, including relevant X-rays and advise on treatment options.

Will my health insurance pay part of the costs?

Medicare will contribute towards the costs (unless you have the skin test only), but health insurance funds only pay for people who receive treatment while they are in hospital, as such they will not pay for a clinic visit.

Health insurance companies often pay money towards the cost of desensitisation, although this varies between health care providers. You will need to talk to your health insurance company to check.