How to Get a Medical Referral

How to get a Medical Referral from a GP or a Specialist to Dr Kernohan Plastic Surgeon

If your surgery is eligible for a Medicare item number you are advised to get a valid Medical Referral to access the Medicare rebate and maybe a Private Health Fund subsidy.

A Medical Referral from a GP is valid for 12 months and a Referral from a Specialist is valid for 3 months. 

Please FAX your medical referral letter to (02) 8007 0459

or send your referral by email to  


Do I need a referral to claim on Medicare & Insurance?

NOTE – It is NOT essential to have a medical referral before having an initial consultation with Dr Kernohan – but you won’t be eligible for the Medicare rebate of about $70.

Depending on your level of Private Hospital Insurance cover, you may be able to get assistance from your Insurer to subsidise your Hospital Fee but only IF you are eligible for a Medicare item number and have a valid Medical Referral.

Here is an article on the RULES about what is a Valid Medical Referral to a Specialist.

Dr Michael Kernohan offers a range of breast, body, face and nose surgery – both cosmetic surgery and reconstructive. He also performs Hand and Skin surgery including skin cancer surgery.

Benefits of getting a Medical Referral

  • Keeps all your medical records in one place (with your GP)
  • Needed for eligibility for a Medicare Rebate and possible Private Health Insurance subsidy for your medically necessary surgery.
  • You can get a Medicare Rebate on your Specialist Consultation Fee if you have a medical referral.  (Not for purely Cosmetic surgery – only medically necessary surgery)
  • Informs your surgeon about your medical history
  • Enables your surgeon to keep your GP updated on your treatment

Information for a Medical Referral to a Specialist Plastic Surgeon


The following 20 items would be very helpful in your medical referral to a Specialist Plastic Surgeon.

Patient Demographic Information:

  1. Full name
  2. Date of birth
  3. Next of kin
  4. Postal address
  5. Contact number(s)
  6. Email address
  7. Medicare number
  8. Referring GP details including provider number
  9. Usual GP (if different)
  10. Interpreter requirements (if req)

Patient Clinical Information:

  1. Reason for referral to a specialist
  2. Duration of symptoms
  3. Management to date and response to treatment
  4. Past medical history
  5. Current medications and medication history if relevant
  6. Functional status and capability
  7. Psychosocial history and any Mental Health issues
  8. Dietary status
  9. Family history
  10. Diagnostic tests completed and any results

NOTE – A referral from a GP is valid for 12 months and a Referral from a Specialist is valid for 3 months. You must have a valid referral at the time of surgery.


Where you can get a Medical Referral to Dr Kernohan?




Dr Michael Kernohan - Best plastic Surgeon Sydney NSW

Dr Michael Kernohan – Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Sydney NSW

Dr Michael Kernohan is a Sydney Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon providing a wide range of services from skin cancer to cosmetic surgery for the face, nose, breast and body.

He also offers complex reconstructive procedures following trauma and a range of cancer treatments using the most innovative and up-to-date treatment options.

Dr Kernohan is able to care for both public and private patients and currently has appointments in five Sydney hospitals and has an additional leadership role as Director of Surgical Specialities.

His main clinic is located in Campbelltown and he has 4 other locations – Bowral, Liverpool, Surry Hills (city) and Gregory Hills opening in late May – servicing patients in Sydney Southwest and Southern Highlands.

Please call on 1300 39 38 99 or Contact us