Does my child need to see a Paediatric Physiotherapist?
Trust your gut, you are the best person to raise concerns. You understand your child better than anyone. Seek clinical advice once you are in doubt, talk to your GP, Child Health Nurses, Mid-wives, Medical Specialists, or send an enquiry to Dr Amy via our web-site contact form, click here. Early intervention is essential to provide your child a better chance of resolving the issue. Please click here to view the list of concerns that a Paediatric Physiotherapist can help.
Is a referral required for physiotherapy?No. In general, a child does not need a referral to see a physiotherapist.
What funding is available from Medicare?
A GP can refer children with a chronic condition who require allied health services. They may be eligible for Medicare rebates under the Chronic Disease Management Plan or Team Care Arrangements click here. Talk to your GP and check whether your child is eligible.
What is the cost of the service and how do I pay?
Please click here for detail fee schedule. All fees are to be paid at the time of your consultation by cash. A receipt will be sent to you via email. You can claim a rebate from your private health insurance funds which your plan has the ‘Extra’ cover. Please contact your private health insurance fund for exact rebate for your level of cover.
Where my child can be seen?Children may not perform their usual activities or behave naturally in new environments. Therefore, a home visit is the priority. If this is not the best, a childcare or school visit can be arranged. Please discuss with the paediatric physiotherapist at the time of making an appointment.
What happen at the initial appointment?
The Paediatric Physiotherapist will ask some questions including your concerns, your child’s birth and medical history, your child’s daily functions and what strategies are you already put in place to tackle the concerns. The Paediatric Physiotherapist will check the targeted area of concerns through observation, play and sometimes using formal assessment tool if required. Your child’s other areas of development and possible risk factors will also be screened to make sure that your child is developing or performing at the age appropriate level.
The Paediatric Physiotherapist will analyse the information and explain to you the findings. With the understanding of your child’s difficulties and strengths, a management plan will be developed with your in-put to achieve your identified goals for your child. This may include a physiotherapy home program, liaison with your GP, referral to other allied health etc…
The time for an initial consultation can be ranged from 30 – 60 mins.