FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS A PHYSIOTHERAPIST AND WHAT DO THEY DO?

A physiotherapist is university qualified and registered through AHPRA (Australian allied health regulators). Physiotherapists aim to help people recover from injury, reduce pain, increase mobility and prevent further injury. Your Physiotherapist will utilise evidence based practice to diagnose and treat your condition. Common treatment modalities your Physiotherapist may use include; joint manipulation/mobilisation, soft and deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, dry needling, education and a home exercise program.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY PHYSIOTHERAPY APPOINTMENT?

Physiotherapy consultations require a physical assessment of your effected area. It is important you wear clothes that are loose fitting, comfortable and allow your Physiotherapist to treat your injured area easily.


If your injury involves your foot, ankle or knee, please bring in your shoes or runners. This will allow your Physiotherapist to determine if your condition is being impacted by your footwear.

DO I NEED A DOCTOR’S REFERRAL?

No a GP referral is not required for private patients.

You will need a referral from a GP for;

  • Chronic Disease Management Plan funded through Medicare

  • Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) claim (White and Gold card)

  • Workcover

  • The Motor Accidents Compensation (MAC) Scheme

WILL I GET A MEDICARE REBATE?

It depends! If you have a long-term condition and your GP recommends a Chronic Disease Management Plan (Previously known as EPC) you can get up to 5 Medicare subsidised visits between your Physiotherapist and one other health care provider.  


A chronic medical condition is one that has been (or likely to be) present for greater than six months.  Speak to your GP to determine a plan suitable for you.


If you would like to learn more, please visit..


https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/mbsprimarycare-chronicdiseasemanagement

IMAGING AND TESTS (X-RAY, ULTRASOUND, CT SCAN, MRI ETC)

If you have had any scans done prior to your appointment, please bring these in. If not, don’t worry your physiotherapist will determine if imaging is necessary to treat your condition and can order if required.