Rheumatology is the diagnosis and therapy of rheumatic diseases including arthritis and other disorders affecting the loco-motor system including joints, muscles, connective tissues, soft tissues around the joints, and bones.

We are largely an outpatient clinic service based primarily at Waikato Hospital with regular outreach clinics in Thames, Tokoroa and Te Kuiti.


Rheumatology is part of Waikato Hospital’s Internal Medicine cluster. The unit covers the broad range of musculoskeletal disease with some sub-specialty clinics, e.g. scleroderma, metabolic bone disease and a paediatric rheumatology clinic.

Staff include rheumatologists who are specialised in osteoporosis, paediatric/transitional care and ankylosing spondylitis (a chronic, inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune disease), plus an advanced registrar trainee and one rotating registrar position shared with endocrinology. Support comes from two clinical nurse specialists, a research nurse and allied health staff (occupational therapists and physiotherapists).

The unit is actively involved in research including drug trials.


Waiora Waikato Hospital Campus

  • Ryburn Building, Ryburn Lane (off Hague Road)

Contact information

(07) 839 8899 ext 98660

Referral information

Referrals are by general practitioners (GPs) or other health specialists.

Non-acute (non-urgent) referrals will initially be seen at a clinic.