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Outpatient appointments are now available for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Robina Private Hospital delivers this treatment in a safe and non-invasive setting.



Referral from your GP

A referral from a General Practitioner or Psychiatrist is required to a Robina Private Hospital Psychiatrist requesting TMS treatment as an outpatient.


Your Pre-Admission Assessment

A Pre-Admission Assessment will be arranged to determine your suitability based on your clinical inclusion criteria and financial assessment will be undertaken. Allocation of a Psychiatrist credentialed to a Aurora Healthcare hospital will then be made and an outpatient appointment will be arranged.


Session 1 – Initial TMS Assessment

A one hour initial assessment consultation with a Psychiatrist to determine your suitability for TMS will be arranged. Pre-treatment screening, baseline outcome measurements and patient consent will also be obtained. This will be billed via the Doctors' private practice. Once you have been assessed as a suitable candidate for outpatient TMS, you will be listed and booked for TMS and notified of your RMT appointment.


Session 2 – Resting Motor Threshold

A resting motor threshold is then conducted by a Psychiatrist with specialised training in TMS and this acts as the prescription for the basis of the treatment.


Acute Course

You will be booked for an acute course of TMS commencing with 20 treatments. Treatment will be administered 6 days/week.

Ongoing reviews with your treating/prescribing Psychiatrist can be booked via the Psychiatrists private practice. You will be billed by your Doctors private practice. Rates may vary. Please discuss this directly with your treating Psychiatrist.


Evaluation of treatment outcomes

In order to evaluate the outcomes of TMS treatment you will be asked to complete questionnaires on your mental state at the beginning of (pre) treatment and again after two weeks (mid), four weeks (end), and then finally two weeks following completion of (post) treatment that is around 6 weeks after commencing your TMS treatment. The tools we use are internationally recognized so that we can benchmark the information and continue to improve our treatments.

Fees and Pricing


For self-funding and Workers Compensation patients, each session costs $190. A full course of initial TMS treatment is 20-35 sessions and re-treatment is 15 sessions.

Payment options

Payment can be made upfront (or via an interest free payment plan through AfterPay) or through prior approval from your Workers Compensation case manager.

Medicare Funding

Medicare rebates of 70-90% are currently available for self-funding patients who are:

  • First time recipients of TMS therapy
  • Aged 18 years and older
  • Diagnosis of a major depressive disorder
  • Have trialled two different classes of anti-depressive medications
  • Have had psychological therapy *Doctors consultation and initial mapping/threshold fees apply. Medicare rebates also available.

Outpatient TMS Referrals

Contact us on 07 5665 5100.

Referrals can be submitted via:

Meet our TMS Specialists

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Dr Manfred Penzhorn

Director of Neurostimulation / Consultant Psychiatrist

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Dr Daniel Kluver

Consultant Psychiatrist

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Dr Elsa Yeung

Consultant Psychiatrist

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Dr Steven Jones

Consultant Psychiatrist


How is TMS different from ECT (Electro Convulsive Therapy)?

The two treatments are very different:

  • TMS treatment does not require anaesthesia
  • TMS treatment does not require sedation
  • TMS treatment does not produce a medically induced seize
  • TMS therapy has a milder side effect profile
  • TMS sessions are longer in duration and require more sessions in a treatment course

How will TMS help me?

The potential benefit of TMS for you is that it may lead to an improvement in your mental health condition. TMS has been shown to be a highly effective treatment for a number of conditions however, not all patients respond equally well. As with all forms of medical treatment, some patients recover quickly, others recover only to relapse again and require further treatment, while others may not respond at all. It may take up to two weeks after the TMS treatment is completed before symptom improvement occurs although most patients report an improvement within the course of the treatments. Some patients may also require further follow up treatments.

What will actually happen to me when I have TMS?

Before treatment begins, the psychiatrist who is prescribing your TMS will need to identify the correct placement of the magnets on your head and the prescribed dose of magnetic energy for you. Your first appointment typically lasts about 60 minutes. During this appointment:

  • You will be taken to a treatment room, asked to sit in a reclining chair and given earplugs to wear during the procedure.
  • An electromagnetic coil will be placed against your head and switched off and on repeatedly to produce stimulating pulses. This results in a tapping or clicking sound that usually lasts for a few seconds, followed by a pause. You will also feel a tapping sensation on your forehead. This part of the process is called mapping.
  • The psychiatrist who is prescribing your TMS will determine the amount of magnetic energy needed by increasing the magnetic dose until your fingers or hands twitch. Known as your motor threshold, this is used as a reference point in determining the right dose for you. During the course of treatment, the amount of stimulation can be changed, depending on your symptoms and side effects.

The TMS psychiatrist will then issue a prescription for future treatment sessions, which will be adhered to by the TMS treatment Credentialed Clinician.

During each subsequent treatment you are seated in a comfortable chair. You are fully conscious and responsive. There are no medications involved in the treatment. The TMS clinician positions the magnet over the appropriate area of the scalp as prescribed by the psychiatrist and activates the magnet.

You will need to remove any metal hair clips, earrings and studs, glasses and hearing aids during your treatment. For ease of treatment it is preferable that you do not have gel, mousse or other products in your hair.

During treatment, you hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation on your head. Many patients will be able to listen to music, watch television, read a magazine or talk to the credentialed mental health clinician who stays with you during the treatment. The procedure will take between 20 – 40 minutes, depending on your specific prescription.

At the end of the treatment you can return to your usual routine activities, including driving your car.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments that you will have depends on your mental health condition, how quickly you respond to the treatment and the clinical judgement of your psychiatrist. TMS is typically given 5-6 times a week for 20 treatments. Treatment needs vary from individual to individual but typically your psychiatrist will prescribe maintenance treatment if your depression symptoms are returning.