what to expect
Do I need a referral?
No, you do not need a doctor’s referral to attend Physiotherapy. Just call any of the practice locations that suit you and make an appointment. HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE ATTENDING VIA VETERANS AFFAIRS, YOU WILL NEED TO OBTAIN A REFERRAL FROM YOUR GP
How long will my appointment be?
Initial appointments are ideally 45 minutes. Follow up appointments are 30 minutes. We are happy to do 30 minute initials to help keep cost down. We won’t cover everything but we will at least get started. Gap payments with health fund and Medicare care plan will be smaller with half hour initial. Make sure you choose your appointment time when booking.
What about fees?
Payment is required on the day of appointment. Current fees are: 45 minute initial $148 (Concession card holders $138) 30 minute initial $100 (Concession card holders $90) 30 minute follow up $95 (Concession card holders $85) Eftpos is available at all locations. Hicaps is available at Dromana and at The Sport’s Injury Clinic. Otherwise you can claim benefit from your health fund after the appointment.
Do you participate in Medicare Care Plans?
YES If your Doctor has prepared a Team Care Arrangement or CARE PLAN (known before as EPC or enhance primary careplan) then you can claim some of the cost of consultation back from Medicare. PLEASE TRY AND LET US KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A CARE PLAN AT TIME OF BOOKING YOUR APPOINTMENT. You are still required to pay the full fee on the day and you will claim the rebate back from Medicare afterwards. Currently, Medicare rebates a total of $53.80 towards the cost of the appointment. Please feel free to make an initial 30 minute appointment to help you to keep gap payment to a minimum. We will get started and carry on at the next 30 minute visit. You will usually be given up to 5 Care Plan visits valid over a 12 month period.
What does initial assessment consist of?
At your initial appointment, you will be asked some questions and an examination will be carried out. This may require an internal examination. If you do not wish to undergo an internal examination, that is fine. This can be discussed at the time. For male Clients, Ultrasound only is used at initial assessment. Real time ultrasound is used routinely in consultations and a quick ultrasound will be done if appropriate at the first visit and a more detailed ultrasound at a follow up visit.
How many visits should I expect?
This depends on the complexity of the problem. On average Clients attend 3 to 5 visits over a period of time so please expect that there will be a couple of visits after the initial to cover everything that needs to be covered and to make sure you are on the right track. Some people simply want to come in for a one-off opinion regarding an issue. This is fine.
Book your visit today
You may contact Caroline Bender to make an appointment or contact either location to make an appointment with one of our practictioners.