Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare which looks at the biomechanical structure and function of the whole body and uses hands on treatment to facilitate the body's ability to heal itself after injury. Osteopaths look to address the cause and not just treat the symptoms. To learn more about what Osteopaths treat click here.
Osteopaths are 5 year full time University trained primary health care professionals.
Osteopaths have been trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. This means that in addition to being able to diagnose and treat musculo-skeletal injuries, they are also trained to able to recognise conditions which require a medical referral. Osteopaths are also able to perform basic medical examinations of the nervous, respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
Do I need a referral?
No. A referral is not required to see an Osteopath. However, some patients may be eligible under the Medicare Chronic Disease Management program (previously named EPC) to receive partially funded consultations - please speak to your GP about this and to obtain a referral.
What to expect at your Initial Osteopathic Consultation
You will be asked to complete a New Patient Questionnaire and provide details of your current complaint and past medical history. An examination is then performed to gain further information regarding your injury and help establish a diagnosis. Osteopathic treatment involves a variety of techniques which can include soft tissue massage, articulation, manipulation, stretching and muscle energy technique depending on the injury and diagnosis. Wearing comfortable, looser fitting clothing to the appointment is recommended. Some undressing as part of the Osteopathic examination and treatment is usually required, and patient gowns are also provided.
Is treatment painful?
Treatment is generally comfortable and not painful. Sometimes you may experience minor soreness or tenderness for a couple of days after treatment. This settles and is a normal part of the treatment process. The Osteopath will adjust the techniques and pressure used to suit your injury and pain levels.
What to Bring
Please bring any previous X-Rays, MRI, CT or ultrasound scans and imaging reports with you to your initial consultation.
Payment & Private Health Fund Claiming
Payment in full is required at the time of consultation. A HICAPS facility is provided where you can claim your private health fund rebate back on-the-spot by swiping your private health fund card (as long as Osteopathy is covered under your plan). Credit card (Mastercard and Visa) and EFTPOS is also accepted.
Please note that if you are claiming under WorkSafe, TAC or Medicare (Chronic Disease Management Program) upfront payment is required at the time of consultation and it is the patient's responsibility to claim back from the insurer using the receipt provided. There is an out-of-pocket gap expense as the 3rd Party does not cover the full cost of the consultation. Please ask for further information regarding this if it applies to you. DVA gold card veterans are not required to pay up front, or any out-of-pocket gap.