What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a scientific and evidence based discipline that deals with restoring and maintaining function and movement, and reducing pain in individuals throughout the lifespan. Function and movement may be compromised through aging, sickness, disease or injury. Physiotherapy aims to restore proper functioning to the body or, in the case of permanent disease or injury, to reduce the impact of any dysfunction. Contrary to popular belief, physiotherapists aren’t limited to the rehabilitation of sports injuries and back pain.
Do I need a referral to see a physiotherapist?
No, physiotherapists are primary contact practitioners, and a referral is not required for a private patient. If your condition is related to a Worker’s Compensation, motor vehicle injury or Veteran’s Affairs matter, you will require a doctor’s referral.
Is Physiotherapy covered by my health insurance?
Yes. Provided you have ancillary cover, your health insurance should cover some (or in some cases all) of the cost of physiotherapy services. For your convenience, direct electronic claiming through the HICAPS system is available at the time of your consultation. Remember to bring your health insurance card.
Is Physiotherapy covered by Medicare?
In most cases Physiotherapy services are not covered by Medicare. In some circumstances on referral by your General Practitioner (GP) you may be able to receive a small allowance of Medicare funded treatment. These are called Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) referrals. Speak to your GP if you believe that you are entitled to this.