Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a referral?
Private patient consultations do not require a doctor’s referral. However, workers compensation, CTP or other 3rd party insurance covered injuries require a doctor’s referral to be able to claim services from the insurer.
Department of Veteran Affairs and military personnel also require a doctor’s referral.
You may qualify for physiotherapy with Medicare assistance under the enhanced primary care program. Your G.P. can assess you to determine if this appropriate. More information is available at www.health.gov.au/epc or call Medicare on 132 150.
How can I pay?
We accept cash, cheque, eftpos as well as MasterCard and Visa credit card payments. We have HICAPS which allows for direct claiming of rebates from most health funds. Please remember to bring your private health benefits card to your appointment. This will allow us to process your health fund rebate leaving only the gap to be paid at the time of consultation.
Over phone credit card payments are accepted but at this stage we are unable to process online payments.
Can I claim Physiotherapy at Medicare?
Your local doctor can assess you to determine if you qualify for Medicare assistance under the Enhanced Primary Care program. If your doctor does refer you under this plan, you will need to pay for the consultation and take or send your receipt to a Medicare to claim the rebate. More information is available at www.health.gov.au/epc or call Medicare on 132 150
Physiotherapy services are also claimable from your health fund if you have cover under their particular plans. The different Health funds have widely varying rebate schedules, so you may wish to check with your health fund what cover you have as well as check this against the rebates available at other health funds.
Are you a “preferred provider” with any of the health funds?
We have elected not to participate with these schemes promoted by some health funds. These schemes generally require the participating practice to set a specific fee. “Preferred provider” status does not guarantee the quality of the service only that there is a known gap. Unfortunately, this is not viable for us given the level of expertise of our physiotherapists and the services we provide.
How long are appointments?
Initial consultations are up to 45 minutes with follow up appointments being up to 30 minutes long. In this time we emphasise your direct contact with the therapist. The overall time may vary depending on the complexity or nature of your problem, and possible use of exercise equipment. We recommend allowing an additional 20 minutes to allow for these and unforeseen contingencies.
What should I wear?
In order to properly assess your condition, we need to directly feel and see the areas which relate to your problem. For lower limb problems, you may prefer to bring or wear loose-fitting shorts. For shoulder and upper back problems, ladies may like to wear a crop top or other loose top so that we can clearly see your shoulder blade region. Rest assured, your dignity and privacy will be respected and we will respond to any concerns that you wish to raise.