What should you expect from your initial consultation?

At your initial consultation your physiotherapist will take your history and perform a thorough physical examination, enabling them to diagnose or assess your condition. Your physiotherapist will then explain their findings and discuss the recommended treatment with you. Treatment can usually be commenced during the initial consultation. The initial consultation is likely to take 45-60 minutes.

What qualifications do physiotherapists have?

Physiotherapists study at university for 4 years to attain a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree. Physiotherapists are qualified to assess, treat and advise on conditions which affect human movement. Physiotherapists study human anatomy and physiology. They also study biomechanics and ergonomics. Physiotherapists are qualified as first contact practitioners, meaning they can be consulted without referral. Physiotherapists also traditionally work very closely with doctors and medical specialists in mainstream medicine both in the private and public hospital systems. The physiotherapists at Revesby Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre undertake regular continuing education to ensure that they stay up to date with the latest research and treatment techniques.

Do I need a doctor’s referral to make an appointment?

A doctor’s referral is welcome but not necessary if you are attending as a private patient. You do however require a referral from a doctor if your problem is related to a workplace injury, motor vehicle accident or if you are a Veterans’ Affairs patient.

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.

If I am covered by my Private Health Insurance Fund how do I claim for my treatment?

At Revesby Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre we use an electronic payments and claiming system called HICAPS. This system allows you to automatically claim a rebate from your Health Fund immediately following your treatment. If you present your Health Fund Card to one of our receptionists they are able to process your claim on the spot. Once this is completed all you are then 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 by 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 which 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.




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