Information for General Practitioners

This page contains the basic information you may require, to refer to us.

WHAT IS A CHIROPRACTOR?

A chiropractor is a registered healthcare clinician who has expertise in the area of non-pharmacological, non-surgical neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis and management.

Chiropractors have a minimum of five years university training, which includes basic sciences, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, neurology, immunology, microbiology, histology, pathology, critical thinking, differential diagnosis, radiology, radiography, biomechanics, electrophysical therapies, rehabilitation, and manual treatment.

WHAT IS A PHYSIOTHERAPIST?

Physiotherapists are experts in the structure of the human body and its movement. They work with people of all ages to treat a broad range of health conditions including sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions as well as chronic health conditions such as diabetes, obesity, osteoarthritis and stroke. Physiotherapists are involved in the assessment, diagnosis, planning and management of patient care. They can help people to manage chronic diseases, give lifestyle advice, prescribe exercises and aids to help people manage better, and give advice.

REFER TO CHIROPRACTIC FOR:

Diagnosis & management of spine or extremity mechanical or neurological pain syndromes.

The typical day for a chiropractor involves diagnosis and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, such as neck pain, thoracic pain, lower back pain, disc issues, sciatica, cervical radiculopathy, headaches (migraine, cervicogenic and tension), jaw pain, shoulder, knee, hip, wrist, foot, and ankle conditions. We also have an interest in BPPV and vestibular rehabilitation, as well as lower back pain and posterior pelvic pain during pregnancy.

REFER TO PHYSIOTHERAPY FOR:

  • Shoulder, arm, hand, hip, knee, ankle and back pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Aches, sprains and injuries
  • Incontinence
  • Neurological conditions, like Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis
  • Chronic diseases like diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and obesity
  • Managing after a stroke
  • Recovery from broken bones
  • Rehabilitation after surgery
  • Occupational health

CHIROPRACTIC

COST TO YOUR PATIENT:

PRIVATE PATIENTS:

A rebate will apply for those who have private health cover. We also apply a discount for patients with a healthcare card. Standard fees are $140.00 initial and $70.00 follow up.

EPC/CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT:

A co-payment applies for the initial consultation and subsequent consultations. The Medicare rebate for a chiropractic consultation (MBS Item 10964) is $55.10.

WORKERS COMPENSATION/MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS:

There are no out-of-pocket expenses for patients.

DVA (DEPT. OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS):

We accept DVA patients, and no out-of-pocket expense applies.

PHYSIOTHERAPY

COST TO YOUR PATIENT:

PRIVATE PATIENTS:

A rebate will apply for those who have private health cover. Standard fees are $128 initial and $95 follow up.

EPC/CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT:

A co-payment applies for the initial consultation. There is a gap of $39.90 for subsequent consultations.

WORKERS COMPENSATION/MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS:

There are no out-of-pocket expenses for patients.

DVA (DEPT. OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS):

We accept DVA patients, and no out-of-pocket expense applies.

NDIS/NDIA

Patients who self manage are able to attend.

WHAT YOUR PATIENT CAN EXPECT?

Chiropractic patients can expect a long initial consultation in which a full history and examination will be performed. This consultation may be 45 minutes to 1 hour. A clinical impression/diagnostic statement and proposed management will be developed. All patients go through an informed consent process. Imaging will be ordered, if required. The length of follow up consultations will depend on the number and complexity of issues to be dealt with.

The nature of treatment varies greatly, depending on many patient factors. Chiropractic treatment may involve a combination of advice, exercises, chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy (cSMT) and/or myofascial t