All Appointments (02) 8920 3388. Consulting Locations at Northern Beaches and Sydney’s North Shore.

Appointment information for patients:

What to bring to your appointment

All patients must have a referral to see Professor Walter. If you have already been to see us, your previous referral may cover your visit. A referral from a GP is valid for 12 months and a referral from a specialist is valid for 3 months.  If you are unsure whether you need a referral, please ask when you make the appointment whether your referral is valid. Please also bring any relevant x-rays or scans with you.

Medicare and health fund cards

Please always bring your Medicare card and Private Health Fund card with you.


Payment is due at the time of consultation. When you make your appointment, the secretary will let you know what the consultation fee will be.

Appointment timing

We do our best to allow the necessary amount of time for each patient appointment and we aim to keep to time. Very occasionally, Professor Walter may be held up due to delay in morning surgeries, and sometimes a patient before you takes longer than expected to be seen. In this event, we try to contact patients to advise of possible appointment delays. Patients are most welcome to call a couple of hours before their appointment to check their appointment will occur at the scheduled time.

Follow-up Appointments:

Six-week follow-up appointments

Please bring ALL your x-rays, including your six-week post-op x-rays. You do not need a new referral if you are coming for your six-week post-operative check up. This appointment does not incur a fee.

Other follow-up appointments

When you contact us to make an appointment, you may be instructed to have new x-rays done. Please have them done and bring them to your appointment. If you are coming to the Mater Clinic for your appointment, you can conveniently arrange to have your x-rays done at Mater Imaging immediately before your appointment with Dr Walter. Please bring a new referral from your GP, plus your Medicare and Health Fund Card. Note that there is a charge for this appointment which is payable on the day.

After a hip or knee replacement surgery Professor Walter will ask you to come back for a follow up appointment at 6 months, 2 years, 5 years and every five years after that.  It is important that you come back for these check-up appointments, even if you are perfectly happy with your implant.

After a hip or knee arthroscopy surgery Professor Walter will usually ask you to come back 10 – 14 days after surgery so that sutures can be removed and the wound can be checked. You will be need to come back 3 months after your surgery. Further follow up appointments may be advised after that.