New Patients, FAQ's
what can I expect in an osteopathic consultation?
An Osteopathic consultation is 30 minutes in duration.
Your qualified Osteopathy practitioner will fully explain all aspects of your treatment plan to you, and answer any questions you may have.
Osteopathy is suitable for people of all ages, and your practitioner will tailor their approach to suit you as an individual as well as your presenting condition.
Your Osteopathic Assessment:
Assessment begins with a conversation to discuss your symptoms and your relevant medical history.
Your Osteopath will perform careful physical examination, including range of motion, strength testing and gently feeling the affected areas.
Osteopaths view the body as an integrated system, so areas of the body that are not the main symptom area are often included in assessment and treatment.
We also assess ergonomics of the activity or task that has contributed to the problem to help you find safer, pain-free ways of moving.
Your Osteopathic treatment may include:
Education and advice relating to your condition
A variety of hands-on treatment techniques
Gentle movement and massage of the affected area
Taping for support
A graduated exercise program
Do I need a referral to see an Osteopath?
No, you can simply make a booking. Osteopaths are primary health care professionals. This means you do not need a referral from your Doctor. Your Osteopath will be able to consult with your Doctor in order to provide the best possible care for you.
However if you have a chronic health issue, you may be eligible to have Medicare cover some of your treatment costs. You will need a referral from you GP to do this. Read the 'referral's for medicare cover below' section below.
Referral's for MEDICARE COVER:
Medicare covers the majority of treatment costs for patients with complex, chronic health issues. This referral is called a CDM (Chronic Disease Management-formerly called “EPC”) and is only available from your GP if your condition fits the criteria.
You will need to bring a CDM referral from your GP, and your medicare card, to be able to claim Medicare covered treatments.
Health Insurance REBATES:
You are able to claim a portion of your treatment costs with your private health insurance (if you have extras cover that includes Osteopathy). We can process your claim for you at the time of your appointment with our HICAPS facilities at reception.