No. However, a referral from a medical practitioner is necessary only if:
Your physiotherapist is also able to refer you on to other medical and allied health professionals where appropriate.
If you have private health cover and subscribe to the “extras” cover you should be eligible to claim part of your treatment fee. There are many different schemes and you are best advised to check your level of cover with your insurer.
If you are covered, most health funds are online with HICAPS. This is a service we provide for your convenience. It allows you to claim your health fund rebate at our clinic, leaving only the gap to pay. You will need to bring your health fund card with you.
Medicare now offers Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Programmes to allow a Medicare rebate for up to 5 physio treatments a year. The programme is for people with chronic conditions, patients must be referred by their GP. If you have any queries regarding this service please don’t hesitate to speak with our admin staff.
Following an initial comprehensive assessment, a full objective examination and hands on assessment with functional testing is performed to establish a diagnosis. You are welcome to ask any questions you may have.
Treatment may involve different ways of relieving pain, restoring function, flexibility and strength. Skills and techniques used may include mobilisations of joints and or soft tissues, manipulation, postural correction, electrotherapy, exercises and muscle rehabilitation.
You will also learn techniques to use at home to manage your problem, which may include exercise and preventative measures.
At Sutherland Physiotherapy we also liaise with others involved in your care if applicable and will refer you for alternative treatment if Physiotherapy is not the best option.
An initial consultation for one problem will take approximately 45 minutes. If you have multiple areas or a complex problem it is best to allow 60 minutes (please let our reception staff know this at the time of booking).
A follow on consultation will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Treatments are not time based. Whatever is required to make a difference to your problem will be done during the treatment.
As a new client we would appreciate if you could arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment to allow time to fill out relevant paperwork.
Our physios strive to keep to their appointment schedule, but there are occasional unforeseen circumstances.