Your Appointment

Your wellness journey starts with the appointment

Every patient at our centre takes a unique path, tailored to their individual wishes. Learn more about booking appointments, locations and your journey to wellness.

Please complete your registration form. This can be completed online. Alternatively you can email it through to us, or bring it in with you to your appointment. 

John sees patients at his private rooms at Richmond and also sees public patients at the clinic at Royal Melbourne Hospital.

About your appointment

A typical first appointment

Arriving on time for your appointment helps you to get the most out of your consultation. A typical first appointment usually progresses as follows:

  • You will need to fill out registration forms and other relevant documentation;
  • John will chat with you to take a thorough history of your condition;
  • A physical examination will be performed, testing your nervous  system, strength, reflexes and sensation, depending on the circumstances;
  • A further examination of your spine and other relevant bones and joints will be undertaken;
  • John will review and analyse any imaging studies you have brought with you, and organise any other tests required;
  • Where possible, John will give you a diagnosis of your condition and construct a treatment plan.

After your first appointment, it’s often necessary to have further testing, diagnostic injections, or consultations with other health professionals to make sure you receive the best care possible. We’ll always try to refer you to these services at locations that are convenient for you, but please keep in mind that the fastest results may not be available from your preferred provider.

A letter is always written to your referring doctor and other interested parties you nominate immediately after your consultation. If you would like a copy uploaded to your “My Health Record”, please ask.

What to bring

Before you attend your first consultation with John, please bring with you:

  • Your referral;
  • Any relevant imaging and/or investigations you’ve received (CD-ROM is preferable to films). Radiology practices cannot always be relied upon to send images to us in time for your appointment, so bringing images with you saves time and inconvenience;
  • Your Medicare card;
  • Private health fund membership details;
  • Next-of-kin contact details;
  • An interpreter, if you need one;
  • WorkCover patients will also need a claim number, injury date, employer details, insurer details and an approval letter from your insurer to see Mr Cunningham;
  • TAC patients will need a claim number and letter of approval;
  • You are welcome to bring along a support person.


What to wear

Depending on your condition, John will need to examine your neck, back, arms and/or legs. Wearing appropriate clothing (and underwear) will make the examination easier and save any embarrassment.