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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can I self refer to an exercise physiologist or does it have to go through Drs referral?

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    Timothy Douge

    Exercise Physiologist, Pilates Instructor

    I am a Level 1 Pilates Instructor and an Accredited Exercise Physiologist specialising in chronic disease and lifestyle management. I have experience in managing Diabetes, … View Profile

    Most Exercise Physiologists do take bookings directly from the general public however in this case you it is the individual who will have to cover the bill (you may be able to use your private health insurance depending on your level of cover).
    If you have a referral from a GP as part of an Enhanced Primary Care plan (EPC) or Team Care Arrangement (TCA), you will be able to claim a rebate from medicare of $52.95 for individual services. You do need to fit certain elegibility requirements for these types of referrals so it is best to ask your GP first if you are elegible or you may need to request an extended appointment so your GP can go through the appropriate assesements.
    You can find out more information at www.essa.org.au which is the national governing body for Exercise Physiologists. 

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    John Clark

    Exercise Physiologist

    I am the Practice Principal Of Q Rehab, An Exercise Physiology clinic located in Southport QLd.We have 6 Exercise Physiologists working in a variety of … View Profile

    Yes, if you are funding the consultation, of course you can self refer to an exercise physiologist! A Dr will only govern a referral that is funded by governement organisations and NGO's such as Medicare, DVA, Workcover and Insurance companies. These referrals will generally be indicated by a chronic condition or workplace injury that requires management and funding by the specific entities.    

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    Dianne Zebic

    Counsellor, Psychotherapist

    Dianne Zebic has retired as of 31/01/2015 View Profile

    I agree with the above 2 responses from Timothy & John, however if you are going to get the referral from your GP The Primary Enhanced Program, then please make sure if you will need to pay any additional gap fees. ie if pysiologist charges above the normal bulk billig fees, as not all these types of services bulk bill the entire consultation fees.

    It is always good to advise your GP of any treatment plans that one is undertaking so they can monitor your condition, to help minimise any health risks, especially eg if you suffered from a spinal injury, this needs to be evaluated by your GP or other specialist to recommend that by seeing a pysiologist it will be beneficial for your type of health condition.

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    Dr Ryan Hislop

    Chiropractor

    Dr Ryan Hislop, Chiropractor is situated in Mudgee with the team from Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. He has a special interest in sports chiropractic … View Profile

    The short answer is yes :)

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