Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a doctors referral to see a physiotherapist?

No. Physiotherapists are primary health practitioners so private patients do not need a referral to see us.

What if I have a workers compensation claim or motor accident claim?

If you are planning on claiming your injury through an insurance company then it is advisable to see your GP to get a referral to see the physiotherapist – this makes claim management easier and reduces claim dispute issues from insurers. If you already have a claim number please bring this and details of your insurer to your initial appointment.

My doctor has given me a referral to see another Physiotherapist but I want to come to your clinic?

You are totally entitled to choose your own therapist – simply bring the referral in with you to your first session and we will let the referring doctor know that you have commenced treatment with us.

How do I pay for my treatment session?

Insurance claims are billed directly to the insurer provided all necessary claim numbers and information is provided to us.

Private patients need to settle their accounts at the end of each treatment session.

Will my private health fund pay a rebate for my treatment?

Yes. Most private health funds pay a rebate for each physiotherapy session – bring your health fund card with you to the consult as we us use the HICAPS system to arrange direct funds transfer of your rebate – saving you a trip to the health fund.

Some funds also pay a rebate for massage and orthotics – check your individual fund for amount of cover and the services covered.

What do I need to bring to my first session?

It is advisable to bring along any x-rays and scan results that you may already have had taken, a pair of shorts if the injury it to a body part that is under normal clothing, your private health fund card (if you are a member) and means of paying for your consult – ie cash, cheque, credit card.

Can I get orthotics at your practice?

Yes. Our clinics use state of the art computer software and footplate scanning technology called “Gaitscan” to assess foot function and order individual custom moulded orthotics – excellent for reducing Achilles Tendon, shin, knee and lower back problems.

Click here to see a video preview of the “Gaitscan” system.

How many sessions will I need to get better?

In your initial assessment your therapist will give you a “Patient Action Plan” which will outline your treatment program and how many sessions we estimate to get you back to full health. Your progress will be regularly checked throughout this period to ensure excellent progress is being made at all times.

What if I want a remedial massage?

We offer 30 min soft tissue sessions with our physio, however if you require a full body remedial or relaxation massage please book with our massage therapist at our Newcastle clinic at The Junction.