Allocated physiotherapy treatment times vary: Initial Consultation- 45 minutes, Standard Consultation – 30 minutes, and Extended Consultation – 45 minutes. Massages can be booked for 30 minutes, 45 minutes or one hour. One hour physiotherapy sessions can be made available (appropriateness should be discussed with your physiotherapist).
All our treatments are one-on-one and take place in private treatment rooms – we never see more than one patient at a time. You do not need a Doctor’s referral to see our physiotherapists and health funds will pay a rebate for part of the cost of your physiotherapy or massage therapy consultation.
What should you expect from your Initial Consultation?
When you call to make your first appointment, you will be asked to come in 10-15 minutes early in order to fill out the necessary paperwork. When you arrive, you will be met by our friendly reception staff who will guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have. You will then be shown to one of stylish treatment rooms where your physiotherapist will perform a thorough interview and physical assessment, enabling them to diagnose your condition and its source. Your physiotherapist will then explain your injury to you, discuss the treatment options that will best facilitate a speedy recovery; and your treatment will commence. Throughout the first session, self-management and training (exercise) techniques will be discussed and demonstrated where appropriate. This process is likely to take around 45 minutes. The session may be extended if the physiotherapist decides to apply an electrotherapy modality or heat therapy at the very end. Our reception staff have been trained to safely remove these treatment modalities and will do so at a time determined by the physiotherapist.
What to wear?
Generally loose fitting clothing is ideal. If you have a lower limb complain, we recommend wearing a pair of shorts and if you have an upper limb, back or neck complaint then singlet top would be ideal. We have practice gowns and shorts available so it is not an issue if you have forgotten to wear the appropriate gear.
What to bring?
We ask all patients to bring along all relevant information in relation to your injury including GP/Specialist referral or letters, XRays, CT scans, MRI scans and ultrasounds (and the reports if you have them).
Do I need a Doctor’s referral to make an appointment?
A Doctor’s referral is welcome but not necessary if you are attending our clinic as a private patient. However, you do require a referral from your doctor if your treatment costs are going to claimed directly through Workcover or a Compulsory Third Party Insurer. GP referrals are also necessary if you are a Veterans’ Affairs patient or being treated as part of an Enhanced Primary Care plan.
Do I receive a rebate for physiotherapy treatment from my Private Health Insurance Fund?
If you are in a Private health Insurance Fund and are covered for Ancillary Cover or “extras’’, then you will be eligible to receive a rebate. Currently there is only limited funding for treatment of chronic conditions via Medicare.
If I am covered by my Private Health Insurance Fund how do I claim for my treatment?
At our clinics we accept electronic payments and use a claiming system called HICAP’s. This system allows you to automatically claim your rebate from your Health Fund immediately following your treatment. All you need is to present your Health Fund Card to one of our receptionists who instantly process your claim. Once this is completed all you are required to do is pay the ‘gap amount’ (the difference between the treatment fee and the rebate you received from the Health Fund). This can be paid with cash, cheque, credit card or EFTPOS.
Is physiotherapy covered by Medicare?
There are some provisions for limited physiotherapy costs to be covered under Medicare. To qualify for this you must be suffering from a condition that has been present, or is likely to be present for at least 6 months and your GP must be currently using a personally managed EPC (Enhanced Primary Care) multidisciplinary plan. If you meet these two criteria then this may enable you to receive up to 5 Medicare funded treatments per year. To find out all necessary details ask your GP or contact us for more information.
Can a physiotherapist provide me with a Sick Leave Certificate?
Our physiotherapists can issue Sick Leave Certificates as long as the complaint is within our professional realm.
Will my physiotherapist liaise with other health professionals who participating in the management of my complaint?
Our physiotherapists are more than happy to stay in contact with others who are involved in your recovery and can do this via phone calls, emails or more formal letters.