Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of question we are commonly asked as Berwick Family Osteopathy. If you don’t find what you’re looking for please contact us, reach out to us via live chat or fill out the form below and we will get back to you ASAP.
As an Osteopath is Australia, we complete a five year full time university degree. Depending on the university you complete your course at, you will either complete a Bachelor degree and a Masters degree; or two Bachelor degrees.
During the course osteopaths study a range of subjects, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, clinical diagnosis & management and a range of different osteopathic techniques. This allows us to diagnose, treat and manage a range of different conditions using a holistic approach.
As a private paying patient you do not need a referral to see an Osteopath as we are government registered health practitioners. The only times you will require a referral from your General Practitioner (GP) is if you want to claim through Medicare on a Chronic Disease management (CDM) Plan or if you are a Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) client.
Osteopathic treatment is not covered through Medicare unless you have a CDM plan setup and managed through your GP.
Your initial consultation will last for 45-60 minutes. During this time a thorough history and examination will be undertaken to establish a good understanding of how your whole body is functioning and allow your osteopath to make a precise diagnosis. This is then followed by hands on treatment. The final stage of your consultation is spent advising you on how you can best manage your body. This may be a set of stretching or strengthening exercises, or maybe even advice into how to correct your posture or what exercise is best for you to be undertaking.
Your initial consultation will last for 45-60 minutes.
A subsequent consultation will last up to 30 minutes.
If you have had any previous x-rays or scans, it would be wonderful if you could bring these to your appointment with you.
It would be wonderful if you could please arrive 10 minutes early for your initial consultation. This will allow you to fill out the relevant paperwork we require at the start of your consultation.
We understand that things come up and situations change. Please give our administration team a call as soon as you know you are going to need to change your appointment and they will be more than happy to reschedule that appointment.
We have a high demand for appointments and as such generally have patients on a waiting list. With this in mind we do require a minimum of 24 hours notice for a cancellation of your appointment, otherwise a late cancellation or missed appointment fee may be charged.
Yes, osteopathic treatment is covered under the ‘extras’ scheme by most major health funds. Please call your fund if you have any queries as to how much your rebate is, as all health funds give a slightly different rebate depending on the type of cover you have. The clinic is able to offer ‘on the spot’ rebates through our HICAPS electronic machine system.
Yes, osteopaths are registered to treat WorkCover, TAC and DVA clients.