How much does it cost for an appointment?
Your first appointment is $120 and will last for approximately 1 hour.
Your follow up appointments are $89 and will last for approximately 30 minutes.
Medicare Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program is accepted. Following treatment, you will make full payment and then claim on the spot with your Medicare card to receive a rebate of $52.95.
What can I expect in the initial consultation?
In your first appointment:
Prior to the consultation you will be asked to fill out some essential forms regarding personal details, informed consent, privacy, and past medical history. You will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns or ask questions.
The consultation commences with a brief introduction followed by a detailed case history which entails a series of questions about your presenting complaint and further clarification regarding details about your wellbeing and past medical history.
When case history is completed, physical assessment and screening tests are carried out to create a working diagnosis. You are required to participate in this process by clarifying that you understand the proposed diagnosis and consent to the treatment and management plan ahead. This will be explained in terms you understand and is an ongoing process as your response to treatment is measured and recorded. These points are vital for a productive and transparent treatment process, and are designed to give you the best chance of obtaining your treatment goals and aspirations first discussed at the beginning of the consultation.
In most cases you can expect to receive treatment on your fist consultation, though some circumstances may require referral or further testing such as imaging (X-ray, MRI, CT scan ETC).
At the end of your first consultation you should have a better idea of what your condition is, what has caused it and/or what maintains it, what you can do about, and how to prevent it in the future.
Why is the second consultation so important?
It sheds light on how you may respond to treatment and helps set the course of your treatment plan.
More light will be shed on your condition and the plan ahead during your second consultation especially because your response to the first treatment will be measured and recorded indicating accuracy of the preliminary diagnosis and the first treatment. From here a more thorough treatment plan can be created and then implemented from the second treatment and then in subsequent treatments making up the core of your overall treatment plan. Your second consultation is vital and helps set the course for the commencement of your over-arching treatment plan.
If you follow the treatment plan outlined by your practitioner you are more likely to get the most from treatment, and achieve the best possible outcome. Deviation from the proposed plan often results in limited response from treatment and improvement in symptoms. Additionally, if success from treatment is only gauged on the reduction of symptoms you may also be losing site of the ideal treatment goal which is aimed at removing causative and precipitating factors often in the form of structural, postural, and habitual problems and giving you the tools and education to prevent re-occurrence.