Sport & Exercise Physician Credentials
Dr Peter Fuller is a Melbourne based Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician Specialist with over 30 years' experience in the area of diagnosis and management of sports-related injuries and conditions. He is a fully-qualified medical practitioner who worked as a GP before becoming a sports doctor in the 1980s and became a Fellow of the ACSEP in 1991. Fellows of the College gained recognition as Medical Specialists by the AMC in 2010.
Sports Medicine Conditions
Peter has an interest in all Sports Medicine conditions, particularly in lower limb overuse conditions such as ITB syndrome and musculoskeletal dysfunction. He is well-known for solving complex and hard-to-treat problems, receiving referral from GPs, orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists, sports scientists, sports team doctors and allied health professionals.
Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
Yes, as a specialist, a referral is required. This can be either from a doctor, or an allied health professional such as a physiotherapist. Note that a medical referral is preferred and a higher rebate from Medicare is provided for a medical referral.
Does my Private Health Insurance cover any of the consultation cost?
No, private health insurance cannot be used to cover part of the consultation cost. There is a Medicare rebate for the consultation but this does not cover all of the consultation cost.
How long are appointment times?
Dr Fuller allocates time for an appointment based on the complexity of the condition as cited on the referral. This allows for a thorough history, examination and treatment plan to be discussed. Initial consultations are typically 30-45 minutes and review consultations approximately 15-30 minutes.
Will I need to make a follow up appointment?
This depends on your individual situation - sometimes discussion of scan results or other tests require a review consultation.
Is there an additional cost for injections?
Yes, there is an additional cost for injections including ultrasound-guided corticosteroid/PRP; hydrodilatation of shoulder and Achilles tendon sheath. (Some injections may be referred to be performed under ultrasound guidance at a radiology clinic.)
Is there an additional cost for imaging, such as MRI?
There are generally costs involved with imaging. As a specialist, Dr Fuller can attract a higher Medicare rebate for some imaging including some MRI scans.