Rheumatology Associates is the longest serving private adult rheumatology specialist provider in Christchurch. Situated in a new purpose built facility (Sports Doctors), we are a dedicated team of two rheumatologists, Dr Estella Yeo and Dr Rafi Raja. We are here to assist with the diagnosis, management and ongoing care of rheumatological conditions, which are often chronic and can have significant impact on daily activities and work. We liaise with your GP and also with other specialists when required to provide optimal care.
We consult on all autoimmune inflammatory disorders, including but not exclusive to the following: rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, polymyalgia rheumatica, vasculitis and myositis.
These are a group of inflammatory conditions caused by excessive crystals formation in joints and soft tissues, e.g. gout and pseudogout (calcium pyrophosphate disease).
The most common types of connective tissue disorders we come across include systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren’s syndrome, mixed connective tissue disease and scleroderma.
Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease, is the most prevalent chronic joint condition we review.
Dr Estella Yeo graduated with an MBChB from the University of Otago in 2011 and completed her training in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine at Christchurch Hospital in 2020. She is interested and consults in all areas of rheumatological practice. She strives to provide the best personalised care for each of her patients. Born in Singapore, Estella is now a proud Kiwi who calls Christchurch and New Zealand home - alongside her husband, Steve, and lovely daughter, Sophie.
Dr Rafi Raja studied medicine at the University of Auckland and graduated in 2002. He trained as a rheumatologist in New Zealand, completing his training in Christchurch in 2011, before pursuing a Clinical Research Fellowship in the UK in the area of osteoarthritis. He worked as a rheumatology consultant at Christchurch Hospital between 2014 and 2021, and also held the position of Senior Clinical Lecturer with the University of Otago during that time. With a busy household of five school aged children, Rafi and his wife, Belinda, are happily settled in North Canterbury.
A referral from your GP, specialist or other healthcare provider is required before an initial consultation (up to 60 minutes long) can be booked with us.
Referrals will be triaged into
Insurance pre-approvals for Southern Cross Health Society members (and others) can be arranged. Please also note that we are not ACC-affiliated at the moment.
Dr Marina Sew Hoy retired from consulting in January 2022. She is very grateful to Rheumatology Associates for continuing to serve Christchurch and Canterbury. Following her retirement, former patients of Dr Sew Hoy are most welcome to continue their care with Rheumatology Associates.
Please note that all referals to our team must come through your GP.
Repeat prescriptions outside clinic appointments cost $75. We recommend patients obtaining repeat prescriptions from their GP.