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Multidisciplinary Ambulatory Consulting Service (MACS) - CALHN outpatient services
The MACS clinic provides outpatient services to patients living in the Central Adelaide Local Area Health Network (CALHN). MACS is a multidisciplinary service consisting of physicians specialising in medication management, nursing, pharmacists, and a psychologist supporting patients who are at risk of being hospitalised from their chronic conditions, including, but not limited to, patients with polypharmacy and multiple chronic conditions..
The service combines evidence based clinical guidelines, patient centred practice and a shared care approach with general practitioners to enable patients to optimise their health and wellbeing and reduce hospital admissions.
Criteria for referral
Patients that have one or more of the following:
- medication optimisation and or review of medication related complications
- require medical management due to multimorbidity
- would benefit from holistic care management with multidisciplinary input
- coordination of care, as they see multiple medical specialists and would benefit from case management.
- further health education and support for effective self-management.
Some examples of the type of patients we see, include:
- frequent acute exacerbations of chronic conditions, that potentially results in emergency
- presentations and /or hospital admissions
- patients with complications related to polypharmacy
- young adults transitioning from paediatric chronic care management to the adult system.
- When treatment of one condition affects the treatment of another
For patients in residential care facilities please contact our team directly to discuss the most suitable follow-up options which may include discussion with other services.
- Clinic fax (for referrals): (08) 84296070
- Named referrals are accepted. Please state the reason for referral.
- Comprehensive referrals including medications and a problem list assist with triaging
- Triage categories include:
- Immediate appointment (please call if the referral is urgent)
- Category 1 (<4 weeks)
- Category 2 (1-3 months)
- Category 3 (>3 months)
Bulk bill clinics: (named referral / or colleague required) eg Dr Rami Tadros or colleague
- Dr Sepehr Shakib
- Dr Rami Tadros
- Dr Josephine Thomas
- Dr Tam Le Cong
- Endocrinologist (please phone the clinic number for the Dr ‘s name)
- Cardiologist (please phone the clinic number for the Dr ‘s name)
- Standard MACS referral to CALHN — MACS CALHN referral form (DOC 80KB)
- For referring children - MACS referral form for young people transferring from WCH to RAH (DOC 81KB)
- For all other referrals - CALHN Outpatient Clinic referral service request (M60) form (PDF 1.9MB)
- If the patient, or their general practitioner, is concerned about deterioration in the medical condition, and assessment is required earlier than planned, a phone call to the MACS Nursing staff on 0434 362 390 or to RAH Clinical Pharmacology Department on (08) 7074 2701 will allow this to be discussed with one of the team members.
Post discharge guidelines
- Patients will be discharged once their medical conditions have stabilized. If re-assessment is required, a new referral, preferably a named referral (see consultant list), should be faxed to the the clinic fax (08) 8429 6070.
Appointment location – Outpatients
Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) — Wednesday afternoons and Friday afternoons
- RAH Level 5 East Outpatients
1 Port Road, Adelaide SA 5000
Please view the Outpatient map (go to level 5 map)
Sefton Park Primary Health Care Services — Tuesday all day
- 221 Main North Road Sefton Park 5083
Appointment enquiries: (08) 7074 2701
- Review / change of appointments: (08) 7074 2701
- Clinical Pharmacology Department/ MACS Team
Level 8, RAH, 1 Port Road, Adelaide SA 5000
Telephone: (08) 7074 2701
Fax: (08) 8429 6070
Multidisciplinary team members
- Dr Nicholas Farinola (Clinical Pharmacologist, General Physician)
- Professor Sepehr Shakib (Clinical Pharmacologist, General Physician)
- Associate Professor Josephine Thomas (General Physician)
- Dr Rami Tadros (Clinical Pharmacologist, General Physician)
- Dr Tam Le Cong (General Physician)
- Dr Alice O’Connell (General Physician)
- Dr Angela Molga (Clinical Pharmacologist, Geriatrician)
- (Clinical Pharmacology Registrar)
- (General Medical Registrars)
- Allyson Rappensberg (Chronic Disease Nurse Consultant)
- Georgina Walker (Chronic Disease Clinical Nurse)
- Marie Dow (Psychologist)
- Natalie Soulsby (RAH and HMR’s)
- Lynette Kirkwood (Sefton Park)
- Todorka Grammatopoulous
Please view the patient information sheets below for more information:
- CALHN Specialist outpatient clinics FAQs (PDF 255KB)
- CALHN Outpatient Clinic Appointments patient information and responsibilities (PDF 244KB)
- MACS Clinic pamphlet for young people transitioning from the WCH to RAH (PDF 1MB)