neurologist & stroke physician
Dr Tapuwa Musuka is a neurologist and stroke physician. He maintains a keen interest in all aspects of general neurology and has a particular interest in stroke, headache and neuro-oncology.
Tapuwa completed his specialist neurology training at Sir Charles Gairdner, Royal Perth and Fremantle Hospitals. Following this, he completed a stroke fellowship with the Calgary Stroke Program based at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Canada, an institute renowned for stroke research and development of pioneering acute stroke treatments. He returned to Perth in 2014 and has worked as a consultant neurologist at Fremantle, Royal Perth and Rockingham Hospitals. Currently, he has public appointments at Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals. He also provides a comprehensive in-patient consultative service at St John of God Hospital Murdoch as well as seeing private patients in his rooms at the Wexford Medical Centre, Murdoch.
Tapuwa has continued to maintain and advance his interest in stroke by participating in a number of clinical trials and research at Fiona Stanley Hospital, being a principal investigator/sub-investigator of a number of ongoing research trials. He is involved in teaching medical students and doctors-in-training. He is a local examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) physician training examinations. He is also an accredited neurology advanced trainee supervisor.
Outside of work, Tapuwa is a keen road cyclist, enjoys reading classic novels and spending time with his wife and two young children.
Affiliations and memberships
Dr Musuka is a medical specialist who specialises in the diagnosis and management of conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. He sees adult patients and provides expert consultation for the full range of neurological conditions. Your general practitioner or other physician will refer you to have a specific question answered about your neurological health.
Dr Musuka generally does not see patients with medical problems relating to insurance claims, workers’ compensation or medico-legal matters.
Expert consultation for the full range of neurological conditions.
what to expect
During a neurological consultation, Dr Musuka will try to determine the diagnosis or answer the specific question asked by the referring physician. To do this, he will take a medical history, asking a range of questions. These may include, but are not limited to, information about:
- The reason for a neurological consultation, current symptoms, how they started and how things have progressed
- Past medical history
- Surgical treatments
- Investigations done in the past – please bring old scans, reports and blood test results
- Medicines and medication allergies – please bring a list of your current medications
- Family history
- Lifestyle choices and factors that increase risk of certain medical problems
a neurological examination may include
- Motor examination – checking muscle strength, mobility and reflexes
- Sensory examination – checking touch, vibration and position sensation
- Cerebellar testing – checking coordination
- Mental examination – checking memory and other cognitive domains
- Cranial examination – checking eye and facial movements
On average, the consultation takes 30 to 40 minutes depending on the complexity of your condition. Sometimes a further appointment (usually about 20 minutes) or other testing (blood tests, scans, nerve tests, EEG) may be necessary to further investigate, confirm the diagnosis or to follow up on the effects of treatments prescribed. A comprehensive letter will subsequently be sent to the referring physician.
How much will it cost?
Fees depend on the complexity of your medical problem. An estimate of fees is available on booking. Full payment is required on the day of consultation.
What should I bring to the appointment?
Your referral letter, list of current medications and doses, previous scans, reports and results of other relevant investigations.
What if I can’t make the appointment?
Please call the rooms as soon as possible to cancel or arrange to reschedule your appointment.
In order to minimize the possibility of transmission of COVID-19, there have been some changes that may affect your appointment.
Follow up appointments may need to be done via telephone/telehealth link.
New non-urgent appointments may be deferred to a later date as they usually require some form of physical examination.
Urgent neurological patients that need to be seen in person are advised that accompanying relatives may be asked not to attend the actual consultation (unless medically necessary) in order to comply with social distancing requirements.
We appreciate your understanding in these trying times and are committed to continuing to provide quality neurological care.
Please defer your appointment if:
- If you have a fever (more than 38 degrees Celsius) with acute respiratory symptoms (for example, shortness of breath, sore throat or cough).
- You have travelled overseas in the past 14 days.
- You’ve had close or casual contact in the past 14 days with a confirmed case of COVID-19.