What is expected of me?

In order to participate in our program, our expectations are as follows:

  • Appropriate behaviour towards our team
  • Regular attendance and dosing
  • Provision of random urine drug screens
  • Payment for dosing in a timely manner

Do I need a GP referral?

You can either bring a referral from a GP, or one of our doctors can write one for you.

What is the cost?

There is a $20 registration fee that needs to be paid before you can start dosing.

The cost depends on if you are on Methadone/Biodone or Buprenorphine/Suboxone and whether or not you are having takeaways.

Missed doses are charged for.

There is a discount for paying weekly rather than daily.

What time is the clinic open?

Garden Court Clinic is open seven days a week, 365 days per year.

Weekdays: 6.00 am – 8.25 am, 9.00 am – 12.00 pm and 12.30 – 1.25 pm

Weekends: 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Public Holidays: 8:00 am – 10:00 am

What time do the doctors work?

Dr Schelle is available Tuesday and Friday from 6.00 am – 8.00 am

Dr Sharp is available Wednesday from 6.00 am – 8.15 am and Thursday from 9.00 am – 10.00 am 

New patients are advised to attend at least an hour before the end of a clinic to ensure time to complete paperwork and see the doctor.

What other services are available?

We have partnered with RPA Hospital’s Department of Hepatology to assist patients with being diagnosed and treated for conditions affecting the liver including Hepatitis C and cirrhosis of the liver.  Blood tests and liver scans are routinely performed at Garden Court Clinic by the highly-skilled nurse practitioner.

Do you prescribe Methadone and Buprenorphine and if so, what are they?

  • Methadone

Methadone is a manufactured opioid and primarily used as a substitute for heroin.

It is different to heroin because the effects last longer (up to 24 hours) and it is an oral medication.

  • Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is a morphine derivative. It works by diminishing cravings for heroin and other opioids. It also prevents or alleviates symptoms of withdrawal in dependent heroin users.

Are “takeaways” available?

Yes, we do offer takeaways, however, there are strict requirements before a patient is allowed them.  These include:

  • Stability
  • Working arrangements
  • Family commitments 
  • Regular, timely attendance
  • Length of time with Garden Court
  • Urine drug screening results

It is important to realise that takeaways are at the discretion of the treating doctor.