What should I expect at the initial appointment?
At the first appointment, the physiotherapist will interview the family and discuss the family’s goals and concerns. The physiotherapist will also assess the child. All initial assessment sessions are held at the Cashmere clinic. Visits to the child’s home, school, kindergarten or daycare centre can be arranged at a later stage. Initial assessment sessions are between one and one and a half hours in duration to allow for thorough assessment and development of a treatment plan.
The physiotherapist will develop with the family a plan of intervention and support based on the family’s needs and goals. Follow up sessions are then organised if needed are generally one hour in duration.
- An individual treatment plan which may include:
- Education and advice to parents and carers on ways to optimise physical outcomes and allow your child better participation and quality of life;
- An individual home exercise program including strengthening, stretches, dedicated play activities or balance and coordination skills;
- Physiotherapy sessions to target individual needs and progress exercises as needs change;
- Assisting with prescription and applications for assistive equipment eg walking frames, wheelchairs, support garments such as Theratogs;
- Liaising with schools and other health professionals and providing support;
- Joint sessions with your child’s occupational therapist, speech therapist or Early Intervention team to facilitate optimum quality of care.
What funding options are available?
A child with a chronic condition and complex care needs may be eligible for Medicare rebated physiotherapy services if they are managed by their General Practitioner. Contact your GP for further information and to determine eligibility.
Better Start for Children with a Disability Initiative
Moveable Kids is an approved provider of the Better Start for Children with Disability Initiative. For more information about this initiative please refer to the Department of Social Services website.
Private health insurance funds provide a rebate for physiotherapy services under some levels of cover. Please contact your health insurance fund to determine rebates for physiotherapy services. On the spot processing of private health insurance claims is available for most funds.
Do I need a referral?
Referrals from other health professionals are always welcome and encouraged, however they are by no means necessary for your child to see a physiotherapist.