It is important to note that no diagnosis can be made until a history, full examination and in some cases diagnostic imaging, is performed by a chiropractor.
Who can see a chiropractor?
Chiropractors are trained to care for people of all ages and from all walks of life. These include newborn babies, children, pregnant women, the elderly and athletes. An extensive history and thorough physical examination is performed before any care and/or treatment is given or recommended to any new patient to the practice. Care is based upon these findings and no two patients receive the same chiropractic care.
What payment options do you provide?
My family chiropractor provides a variety of payment options. Payment is required at time of service with Eftpos and Hicaps facilities available. It is our practice policy, that we do not hold accounts and as such, we choose to not forward bills to workers compensation, medicare (EPC claims) or private health funds.
Workers Compensation claims need a referral from a medical practitioner for chiropractic care to be claimed. It is the responsibility of the patient to then claim their fully paid chiropractic services.
Enhanced Primary Care Program
is a medicare program for which only a medical practitioner can refer. Medicare refunds a large percentage of your chiropractic fee which can be directly deposited back into your account, after your account is paid in full, using the HICaps terminal and your medicare card. Medicare should be contacted if you wish to access this facility at our practice.
Private health fund claiming has never been easier, with Hicaps facilities available for on the spot claiming of most health funds. Your refund depends on your health fund, and your level of cover. If there is a gap between your chiropractic fee and your funds rebate, this can paid using the facilities noted above. All gap amounts are required to be paid at the time of service. Contact your fund for further information.
Veterans Affairs patients require a referral from their LMO or medical practitioner and are billed directly to the department.
How long will my initial consultation take?
Your appointment time does not include the time to fill out the Confidential New Patient Questionnaire. It is essential that you arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment time to fill out the form, which will allow the maximum time for your assessment and treatment. Approximately 45 minutes is allocated for your initial consultation and adjustment.
Will I be adjusted on the first visit?
Most patients are adjusted and/or receive a treatment on the first visit. This depends on findings gathered in your comprehensive examination and availability of diagnostic imaging – that is x-rays and/or scans such as MRI’s or CT scans that are within the last five years.
What qualifications are required by chiropractors?
Chiropractors are required to undertake five years of full time study at University.
This includes a three year undergraduate degree program, which covers a range of chiropractic diagnostic and manipulative skills on a background of anatomical, physiological and biomedical science studies. It is a prescribed program which provides a strong scientific foundation and includes units in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, histology and pathology.
The final two years is post graduate studies, allowing for graduation with a Masters degree. It is a rigorous two year program that further develops the concepts and techniques introduced in the Bachelor degree. In conjunction with coursework, students are required to participate in a year-long internship working within the University’s Chiropractic Clinics.