Specialist advice in 2 days not 2 years

Mater Hospital Brisbane offers a ‘Request for Advice’ (RFA) service to support GPs wanting access to specialist cardiology, endocrinology and dermatology advice on diagnostic and/or treatment options for their patients.

This is not a referral to Mater, but is a request for timely clinical advice which may eliminate the need for a specialist face-to-face outpatient consultation.

The service uses a secure messaging platform and is asynchronous. GPs will receive feedback from the Mater eConsultant team within 3 business days.

Mater eConsultant is easily accessed using a template set up within the practice software system. Email: michelle.tsai2@mater.org.au details of your practice software system and you will be sent the eConsultant templates to install.

How Mater eConsultant works

To access the Request for Advice service GPs should follow the following steps:

  • Once installed the eConsultant template (Dermatology, Endocrinology or Cardiology) is selected while in the patient file.
  • The template is auto-populated with patient details, medical history, and pathology etc.
  • Include 1-2 specific questions for the specialist. Images are sent as a pdf.
  • Send 

Meet our eConsultants

Mater has expanded the scope of our eConsultant program in 2023, with dermatology and endocrinology specialists available, in addition to cardiology.

  • Professor David McIntyre trained in endocrinology in Australia and Belgium and is the Senior Staff Specialist in Endocrinology and Obstetric Medicine at the Mater and specialises in the medical complications of pregnancy.
  • Associate Professor Jim Muir qualified as a specialist dermatologist in 1994 and is the Director of the Department of Dermatology at Mater Hospital Brisbane. 
  • Associate Professor Karam Kostner is Director of Cardiology at Mater Hospital Brisbane and has particular interest in preventative cardiology and lipid disorders. 

From March 2024, Mater eConsultant will expand to a further five specialties

  • A/Prof Simon Bowler– is a respiratory and sleep medicine physician at Mater Hospital Brisbane.
  • Dr Michael Burke is a general nephrologist, having undertaken his nephrology advanced training in Queensland and South Australia. He is a lecturer for the School of Medicine, University of Queensland.
  • Dr Andrew Swayne – is a consultant neurologist at the Mater Centre for Neurosciences. Dr Swayne completed his neurology training with experience through the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Gold Coast University Hospital and the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
  • Associate Professor Paul Griffin is the Director of infectious diseases at Mater Health in Brisbane, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Queensland School of Medicine and the Medical Director at Nucleus Network
  • Professor David McIntyre is a Senior Staff Specialist in obstetric medicine at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital and specialises in the medical complications of pregnancy.


For more information

For further information, please contact Caroline Nicholson - caroline.nicholson@mater.uq.edu.au or Jenny Job - j.job@mater.uq.edu.au