WHAT IS AN OSTEOPATH?
Osteopathy is a form of manual health care which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in the body. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues. Osteopaths do not use spinal manipulative techniques on babies and young children.
Australian osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years’ university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.
Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems. Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plans. Osteopaths are registered providers for DVA patients, workers’ compensation schemes and motor accident insurers.
Most people, regardless of age or gender, will suffer from back or neck pain, headaches, sports injuries, stiffness or pain at some stage. Osteopaths can help to identify the cause of the pain or injury and develop a safe and effective course of action to manage health issues – so people can make the most of their active lives. Osteopathy is not an alternative health option – osteopaths are university trained, government registered, allied health professionals. Osteopaths collectively treat over 50 000 people a week, generate over $250 million in the economy. Osteopathy has been practiced for over 100 years in Australia.
ITEM NUMBER/s – FEES:
- HICAPS: 1804 (initial) – $120 (rebate variable across private health funds)
- HICAPS: 1803 (return) – $95 (rebate variable across private health funds)
- MEDICARE: 10966 (EPC) – $120/$95
WHAT IS AN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST?
Exercise physiology itself is the study of the acute responses and long-term adaptations to a wide range of physical activity and exercise conditions in the body. That is, what happens in the heart, lungs, stomach, liver, muscles or brain when we exercise?
In addition, Exercise Physiologists study the effect of exercise on illness and injury in these systems of the body – and the mechanisms by which exercise can reduce, or reverse disease progression (for example how exercise can influence blood glucose without the need for insulin, and help type II diabetics manage their disease). We then use this knowledge to prescribe exercise – just like medicine! In fact, our mantra is that exercise IS medicine!
Sometimes the word ‘exercise’ can scare people – but it is less exercise more movement – and how causing (or eliminating) certain stresses on the body can cause changes on physiological and mechanical structures in the body. Cool huh? Exercise is an easily manipulated ‘stress’ hence – exercise physiology!
Accredited Exercise Physiologists have an amazing understanding of the human body, anatomy and especially the physiological changes brought on by pregnancy! A lot of changes occur in the body when you are carrying a baby, even more if you are carrying 2 (or even 3!), and exercise can help at every stage of pregnancy and recovery post-partum. We work closely with your osteopath to help improve musculoskeletal pain, posture, strength and performance.
An Exercise Physiologist can help to regain functional movement patterns, strengthen weak muscles, elongate and stretch tight muscles and reduce pain. We work closely with osteopaths and provide rehabilitation after acute treatment.
ITEM NUMBER/s – FEES:
- HICAPS: 102 (initial) – $99 (rebate variable across private health funds)
- HICAPS: 202 (return) – $66 (rebate variable across private health funds)
- HICAPS: 502 (small group) (rebate variable across private health funds)
- MEDICARE: 10953 (EPC) – $99/$66
WHAT IS A NATUROPATH?
Naturopathy is a complementary form of medicine based on the principle that the human body has the in-built wisdom to heal itself, given the right environment and circumstances. Using a combination of herbal and nutritional medicine, functional testing and dietary and lifestyle counselling; an individualised treatment approach is designed specifically for each client based on their presenting health needs and priorities. The foundation of this approach is developed from the 6 principle of Naturopathic medicine.
- The Healing Power of Nature – Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
- Identify and Treat the Causes – Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
- First Do No Harm – Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
- Doctor as Teacher – Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
- Treat the Whole Person – View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.
- Prevention – Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention
ITEM NUMBER/S – FEES:
- HICAPS: 107 (initial) – $120 (rebate variable across private health funds)
- HICAPS: 207 (return) – $95 – 45 minute consultation (rebate varies)
- HICAPS:207 (return) – $85 – 30 minute consultation (rebate varies)
WHAT IS A PSYCHOLOGIST?
Psychologists are employed in a range of professional areas and undertake many types of work. Common settings in which psychologists practice include schools, hospitals, courts, community health services, prisons, businesses, the defence forces and private practice.
Many psychologists work across a number of settings, undertaking varied work, while others specialise in particular professional areas.
There are many other areas of interest in psychology. Some psychologists work with particular people such as children and families, people with disabilities or those interested in boosting their performance.
ITEM NUMBER/s – FEES:
- HICAPS: 100 (initial) 200 (return) – $150 (rebate variable across private health funds)
- MEDICARE: 10968 (EPC)- $150
- MEDICARE: 80110 (Better Access Mental Health Care Plan) – $150 (rebate $84.40)
- MEDICARE: 80120 (Mothers Matter Therapeutic Mothers Group) – $60 (rebate $21.65)
WHAT IS A LACTATION CONSULTANT?
A lactation consultant is an allied health professional who specialises in the clinical management of breastfeeding. Lactation consultants commonly work in hospitals, physician or midwife practices, public health programs, and private practice.