What to expect from your Physiotherapy visits

What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists undergo a 4 year University Bachelor Degree and often do Post Graduate Degrees (Masters or PhD) also that includes detailed Anatomy, Applied Anatomy, Neurology, Biomechanics, Pathology, Pharmacology, Histology, Physiology, Zoology, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Our practical component consists of Placements at various teaching Hospitals and Facilities to cover Musculoskeletal (orthopaedic), Neurological, Cardiothoracic, ICU, Gerentology, Paediatrics, Private practice and Electives (i.e. Elite Sports, Specialist Spinal Clinics etc).   As you can tell we cover almost everything you an think of in both an acute and chronic setting. 

Physiotherapists undergo and continue to update our knowledge and training consistent with the latest Scientific Medical Models. This means that Physiotherapists learn and practice the same Rationale and Clinical Reasoning as your Doctors and Specialist Doctors. This is the main difference between Physiotherapy and Other disciplines (Chiro / Osteo) that may choose to study outside this model.

All Physiotherapists at Australian Health Care Network demonstrate a portfolio of Continued Professional Development (CPD) in excess of standard requirements to ensure we are up to date with the latest Assessment and Treatment techniques.

Physiotherapy Goals

   Complete and Thorough Assessment

   Make an Accurate Diagnosis(es)

   Learn about Your Condition in as much detail as you like

   Learn what Activities to Avoid & Prevent Further Injury

   Learn What Activities are Safe and Exercises you can do to get Strong

   Learn how to Improve/ Restore Function and Performance

   Get Effective Pain Relief and Increase Flexibility

   Work toward attaining Your Goals 

We believe that you should be completely informed about your condition & what to expect on your pathway to recovery.

Your First Visit
This is normally the longest visit as we do a detailed assessment to establish your diagnosis and appropriate treatment.  Following a questionnaire to get your details you will be asked questions related to your specific condition.

Then a clinical examination will take place in which you put through specific physical testing. The diagnosis and a treatment plan will be discussed and agreed upon to suit your needs.

Arrival Time (In Clinic – Note: we do Home Visits also)
On your first visit you are asked to arrive 20 minutes early to complete the registration form.


What to Wear
It may be necessary for the Physiotherapist to remove some items of clothing in order to carry out the assessment. We advise you wear appropriate and comfortable clothing. Shorts and a singlet are often suitable for treatments. If you have any issues regarding this level of exposure please discuss it with your Physiotherapist.

For foot, ankle, hip, knee or back injuries please bring your shoes for the Physiotherapist to assess.

What to Bring

  • Medications (or list of)
  • X-ray, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, other results – Images are better again.
  • Referral letter (if you have one – not required)
  • Medical Reports
  • Exercises from Previous Treatments 
  • Any other information your wish reviewed

Payment
Payment will be required following each treatment.
Rebates are available from many ‘extras’ Health insurance Schemes, Sports insurance Policies etc.  We are a preferred provider for many Private Health Insurers.

We can process most HICAPS payments onsite or in your home.

There is no “out of pocket” charges for Workcover, Comcare, Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), unless exceptional circumstances arise such as long distance travel etc.