No doctor’s referral is needed as physiotherapists are qualified to assess and diagnose without a doctor’s referral. If you recently had surgery it will be helpful to bring a note from the surgeon with the exact type of surgery that you had done. If you have been referred on an EPC/GP management program (through Medicare), on WorkCover or DVA, you will need some documentation from your doctor. Please call our office for more information.
Physiotherapists assess, diagnose and treat injuries, illnesses and disability. They also work towards preventing disease and disability through physical means. Physiotherapists are also experts in movement and function and will help correct muscle imbalances and movement especially after surgical procedures.
Please bring any scans, X-rays or other medical history that you deem important. Also bring along any letters or paperwork provided by your GP or specialist. Please bring your private health fund card, DVA card or Medicare card if you have been referred on a GP management plan.
Generally it is wise to wear loose fitting clothes that you will be able to move in as you may be required to do some exercises during the session.
You should drink 1-2 liters of water after your appointment if possible.
Due to the fact that our physiotherapy and exercise physiology treatments promotes waste product secretion and clearance, water will help in removing the waste products from the area and reduce the risk of feeling stiff post treatment.
You should also try not to do heavy work post physiotherapy treatment as there is an element of pain relief that accompanies treatment and there is there for a potential risk of overuse injury.
Your GP would have given you a form or would have sent it through to our office. You will be eligible for a predetermined amount of visits that is determined by your GP. Medicare will fund your appointment cost for physiotherapy but you will have to pay an admin fee with each physiotherapy visit. Exercise physiology appointments attract no admin fee.
Yes, but rebates are dependent on what type of cover you are on.
This will depend on your fund and your type of cover. Please contact your fund to find out.
Exercise physiology is a specialization within the field of physical activity. An exercise physiologist studies the body’s responses to physical activity as well as how the body adapts to physical activity over time. Exercise physiologists help improve people’s health by analyzing a person’s fitness and developing a suitable exercise program while keeping in mind any long term health conditions they may have.
A physiotherapist will assess, diagnose and treat you for a specific condition. They will use manual therapy (or hands-on skills), exercise and education during your treatment. An Exercise Physiologist will assess you and manage your condition through a graduated exercise program. They can also provide advice on general well being through exercise.
Occupational Rehabilitation is a structured, active rehabilitation program that is aimed at helping clients return to work. It provides physical and functional conditioning, as well as education and may include a job site visit and a personalized, graduated return to work plan.