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Finding Northern Suburbs’ Medical Specialists Made Easier and Faster with Specialist Doctor Search Website


MELBOURNE, Australia January 2014 – When Darren Lemin was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia more than 13 years ago, he had a wife and three children under 8 years of age to support. After looking for a medical specialist, 3 months of intense treatment and many near death experiences, his specialist told him that he was in remission. That was when he and his family vowed to make a difference for others who went through the same harrowing experience.

“We threw ourselves into fund raising and awareness for a number of different charities,” says Darren. “My wife Michelle and I, friends, family, and 40+ strangers shaved our heads for the leukaemia foundation and raised just short of $20,000. We also took part in the walk for juvenile diabetes. Little did we know that a short time later, one of our sons would be diagnosed with the same disease.”

Darren’s wife Michelle had been working in the health industry for a few years by the time their son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, and it was her ‘insider’ information that helped them know where to go and who to turn to for the help that their son needed, without suffering the extended time on waiting lists to see a specialist. “Having access to this information was such a great support, peace of mind, and a comfort for all of us,” says Darren.

Michelle soon got a reputation for having valuable information on Northern Suburbs’ medical specialists and would spend hours talking with friends, family, and even strangers that were looking for a specialist. Then she would speak with specialist doctors in the Northern Suburbs she knew, sourcing information and appointments to ensure that they would be seeing the right specialist for their particular condition. Her family and friends took this information to their GP to organise a referral.
“That got me thinking... Wouldn’t it be great if everyone could have access to healthcare specialists in one place, to give them the knowledge to make a firm choice and the support that comes with those uncertain times?” said Darren. As a result, was born.

The I Need A Specialist website was founded in 2012 by a group of dedicated health industry experts with over 15 years of experience. Even with general search engines such as Google and Yahoo, looking for a medical specialist has always been difficult. Many of Australia’s top specialists still don’t even have websites.

Darren explains, “In the past, when you wanted to find a specialist, you either had to rely on your GP’s local network, word-of-mouth recommendations from friends, or place your trust in the specialist practicing at your local hospital. We knew there had to be a better way to connect patients with Australia’s leading healthcare specialist doctors online – and get them in for medical treatment faster. Since launching I Need A Specialist, patients who had expected wait times of 3-6 months have seen specialists within one day to two weeks after using our search engine.”

Beryl from Echuca shares her experience with I Need A Specialist. She says, “It was suggested by a friend that I contact you to see if you could help me find a specific specialist. Living in a country town, you don’t always know where to ascertain the information you require. Thank you for guiding me and assisting me with an appointment. I was unaware we even had this service in Echuca.”

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