Physiotherapy at Camden South Family Doctors

Physiotherapy is an allied health service which aims to rehabilitate and improve a person’s ability to physically function, especially due to severe illness, injury, or disability. Our physiotherapist will work with people of all ages to help manage and treat a wide range of health conditions which can impact a patient’s ability to move.

People suffering from sports injuries, musculoskeletal conditions, and chronic health conditions (including obesity, diabetes, many types of cancer, osteoarthritis, and stroke) often find that taking part in physiotherapy can help improve and treat their condition. Physiotherapy can also assist patients dealing with headaches, fractures, and neurological disorders to manage their symptoms and maintain their normal function

Our resident physiotherapist is Luke Jenkins, who excels in providing evidence-based therapeutic solutions to assist in the management of all manner of musculoskeletal conditions. His works closely with a variety of medical doctors to focus on restoring movement and treating musculoskeletal pain.

Physiotherapy Services

Physiotherapy could help you become more mobile and make you more comfortable. Our physiotherpist encourages an active treatment approach to musculoskeletal pain that supports self-efficacy, optimism and resilience. Our treatments include:

    • Persistent pain management (Comprehensive assessment and individualised management plan, empowering individuals to regain their life)
    • Spinal pain (High quality care for all spinal complaints including Whiplash Associated Disorder and Cervicogenic Headache)
    • Hands on treatment techniques to decrease pain, promote joint mobility and soft tissue function
    • Management of arthritis
    • Rheumatological conditions
  • Muscle strains
  • Occupational health services
  • Sports injury management
  • Pre and post-operative care
  • Falls prevention
  • Translation of the latest research findings into clinical practice
  • Detailed and timely liaison with other health providers involved in patient care at all times.

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FEE INFORMATION

Medicare will refund $53.80 for up to 5 sessions per calendar year under the Enhanced Primary Care program (EPC). This is available to people with complex and long-standing health conditions and MUST be referred by your GP under an Enhanced Primary Care Plan. Please discuss with your GP if you think you may be eligible for this. We do not charge our patients experiencing these complex health problems a gap for our services.

If you are a Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Health Card holder, you may be eligible for physiotherapy services that are covered entirely. Referral from a GP is required and lasts 12 months. Please discuss with your GP if you think this may apply to you.

If you have injured yourself at work or in a motor vehicle accident your doctor may decide to refer you to physiotherapy. Fees are billable to the insurer and as a patient you will not incur a cost.

Physiotherapists are primary health care providers. This means a referral from your doctor is not always necessary if claiming personally or with your private health extra cover. All physiotherapy services provided at Camden South Family Doctors are covered under private health insurance. A small gap fee may apply depending on your health insurance company. Please contact them directly to enquire about your physiotherapy rebate.

Private Physiotherapy services at Camden South Family Doctors are $85 for an initial consultation and $70 for follow up consultations.

We have direct processing for most private health insurers using a HICAPS terminal. We are able to swipe your card on the day of your visit and your health fund will pay the physiotherapy rebate to us directly. Please bring your Health Insurance Card with you to use this facility.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need to book an appointment?

Yes, we operate on an appointment only basis. It is our policy to ensure appointments for all who seek them are as close to their first contact as possible. If there are no times available, a waiting list is kept until such time as everyone has an appointment. Please contact our friendly reception staff and they will organise an appointment for you.

Do I need a referral for physiotherapy?

No, you do not need a referral for physiotherapy if claiming personally or with your private health cover.

If you are referred via Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Work Cover, CTP or have an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan, you do require a referral from your Doctor, and it is important you bring this to your initial consultation. We will regularly liaise with your Doctor throughout the management plan and believe this level of communication is essential for optimal patient management.

How long are the appointments?

To provide a high level of patient-centred care, our standard appointments are scheduled for a minimum of 30 minutes. Please allow up to an hour for your initial consultation as we will take the time to listen to your experience. Longer times can be arranged for more complex conditions or multiple injuries.

What time do I need to arrive for my initial treatment?

Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your initial appointment time to complete a personal details form. We aim to run on time for all appointments.

What should I bring to the initial assessment?

Kindly bring your Doctor’s referral (should you have one) and any X-rays or scans related to your condition.

What do I wear?

Try to wear appropriate clothing. You should be able to move freely and the clothing should allow visual inspection and easy “hands on” access to the area being treated. A clean hospital gown will be provided when necessary for each patient to ensure modesty.

What happens at a physiotherapy appointment with a Physio?

You will be asked a number of questions related to how the problem began, symptoms, general well-being, previous injuries and medical conditions. This information allows a correct provisional diagnosis to be made, and a safe management plan to be agreed upon.

What happens when I am running late for my appointment?

Late arrival for an appointment will unfortunately shorten your treatment time as we aim to run on time for all appointments. Please call us if you think you will be running late as there may be a way to accommodate you and allow the full treatment time.

Can I use EFTPOS and Credit Cards?

We accept Cash, EFTPOS, Visa and Mastercard as forms of payment.