Can you tell me more about Osteopathy?

What happens at a treatment?

How long does a treatment last?

Do I need a referral to see an Osteopath?

Can I claim my Osteopathic treatment on Private Health Insurance or Medicare?

Is Osteopathic treatment claimable under WorkCover, TAC or Veterans Affairs?

What should I bring to the appointment?

How many treatments will I need?

 

Can you tell me more about Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a complementary manual therapy aimed at relieving pain, rather than an alternative health choice. All Osteopaths in Australia must be registered with the Osteopathy Board of Australia, which is part of AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency). Osteopaths undergo rigorous clinical training over a 5 year period. They are required to continue with training post-qualification, which ensures a high standard of care and reinforces the belief that Osteopathy is centred on the patient.

Osteopathy was founded in the late 1800s, by a military doctor and surgeon Andrew Taylor Still. Still was disheartened with the current state of medicine and looked for additional manual therapy methods to help his patients recover. Go to top

What happens at a treatment?

When you first visit the practice a detailed case history will be taken, which will include your presenting complaint, medical history and general health. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing (gowns/towels are supplied) and complete a series of simple movements. Specialised examinations i.e. orthopaedic tests, reflexes and blood pressure tests may also be performed. Treatment often involves a mixture of massage, mobilisation, gentle manipulation, dry needling (or ‘western acupuncture’) and exercise advice. Alex will discuss treatment options and make sure you are comfortable with the treatment plan and then proceed with your consent. Go to top

How long does a treatment last?

Initial consultation and treatment is approximately 45 minutes. Subsequent appointments are approximately 30 minutes.

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your initial appointment to fill out a new patient form. Go to top

Do I need a referral to see an Osteopath?

No, an Osteopath is a primary health care practitioner. Occasionally, if required, you may be referred to a specialist specific to your needs. Go to top

Can I claim my Osteopathic treatment on Private Health Insurance or Medicare?

The majority of private health plans with “extras” cover a part of the treatment cost. The clinic has a HICAPS facility which allows you to claim the portion directly by scanning your private health insurance card.

Osteopathy is not covered by Medicare unless you are under a Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) which can be organised by your GP. To see if you’re eligible, please discuss this with your GP. Go to top

Is Osteopathic treatment claimable under WorkCover, TAC or Veterans Affairs?

Yes, Osteopaths can treat patients from third-party insurers such as WorkCover, the Traffic Accident Commission (TAC) or Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). TAC and WorkCover patients are required to provide details of the claim number for their case and the contact name from the insurer. Patients who are covered by the DVA must first obtain a referral from their GP made out to the Osteopath they are booked in to see. Go to top

What should I bring to the appointment?

Any information you have on medication you may be taking, results of tests, scans or X-rays will be useful. Patients under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult. Go to top

How many treatments will I need?

In my experience, most patients experience at least some improvement after three treatments. For some acute pain one or two treatments may be all that is required. If your problem is severe or chronic you may need more consultations. In some cases maintenance treatments may be suggested. Go to top

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