How to refer patients to TMS Australia

Most patients diagnosed with depression can benefit from TMS

Referral

Completed referral forms can be sent to our intake team by

Our Service Coordinators can bring you referral pads, patient materials, and an update on participating health funds.

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Who can I refer to TMS Australia?

TMS is recommended as a treatment for depression by the RANZCP for patients who:

  • have trialled at least 2 antidepressants but still have depression symptoms
  • would like to reduce their antidepressants
  • cannot tolerate the side effects of antidepressants
  • do not want to take antidepressants

TMS has shown similar efficacy in depression patients regardless of the duration of their illness, the number of medications tried or their age.

As such, early intervention with outpatient TMS can be considered.

• The referring doctor remains in control of the patient management.

• TMS Australia does not diagnose, nor adjust the patient’s medication.

• TMS Australia is responsible for the patients safety and welfare during TMS treatment.

Why refer my patients to TMS Australia?

The only outpatient TMS provider covered by health funds

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TMS Australia Service Coordinators will liaise with you and your patient’s treatment team and will keep you informed of their progress.

TMS Australia will explain the treatment to your patients and organise the paperwork and claims with their private health funds and all other funding providers.

Gold Standard Patient Pathway

  • Developed with two decades of clinical experience
  • Quality and consistent service at each and every clinic
  • Informed by latest research
  • Ensure best outcome possible for your patient

Convenient

  • No hospital admission
  • Treatment tailored to your patient’s schedule

(ISO) High standards

  • Latest protocols and training to provide a safe and effective treatment, in line with RANZCP guidelines and international best practices
  • Only network of outpatient TMS clinics with hospital-grade quality accreditation (ISO 9001:2015)

TMS Treatment Process

TMS Australia is dedicated to high-quality TMS therapy to ensure patients achieve the best possible treatment outcomes:

  • Clinical governance structure developed by world leading experts
  • Every clinic has hospital grade quality accreditation (ISO 9001:2015)
  • Treatment protocols are in line with guidelines and staff training developed by Professor Paul Fitzgerald a world leader in TMS therapy
  • Discreet and convenient for patients with no hospitalisation and appointments scheduled around the patient’s availability
  • Australia’s largest network of outpatient clinics.

Session 0: Free phone consultation

Our patient relationship team will answer your patient’s questions and provide them with all the information they need to commence treatment with confidence.

Initial assessment

A medical officer and TMS clinician will confirm your patient’s suitability and treatment history. The severity of their depression and/or anxiety will be scored and referred to as their baseline measurement. It will allow the team to assess their progress.

Resting Motor Threshold:

Determining the dose of their TMS treatment and their unique coil placement.

Acute treatment (phase 1)

In this first treatment phase patient will undergo 3-6 sessions per week. A TMS clinician will review their progress after 20 sessions

Progress report delivered to you and your patient’s treatment team

Acute treatment (phase 2)

Patients experiencing a clinical benefit complete the full 30-session course. A TMS clinician will then review their progress and discharge or maintenance can be discussed.

Progress report delivered to you and your patient’s treatment team

Maintenance

If appropriate, a maintenance TMS treatment schedule can be organised with you and a TMS medical officer

Maintenance report delivered to you and your patient’s treatment team every 6 weeks

TMS for other conditions

TMS Australia also have dedicated protocols for a number of conditions such as OCD, PTSD, chronic pain, etc.