What does a Podiatrist do?
A podiatrist is an allied health professional who is dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of feet and lower limbs. Podiatrists can also treat knee, leg and back pain that arise due to foot complaints.
In Queensland all podiatrists must be registered with the Podiatrists Registration Board and have completed a 3 year degree or equivalent.
What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are medical inserts for footwear that have been prescribed by your podiatrist to assist in the management of your lower limb condition. They can be made of different materials and with different design features to suit your needs. They are primarily designed to better position and guide your feet to decrease stress on certain structures in your body. If you think you, or one of your family members needs orthotics, don't hesitate to book a comprehensive podiatry assessment today. Your feet will thank you for it later on in life.
Do I need a referral from my doctor?
A referral is not required to see a podiatrist as a private patient.
However, DVA (Department of Veteran Affairs) and EPC (Enhanced Primary Care Program) clients will require a referral from their doctors.
A care plan is an Australian Government initiative that allows a person with chronic medical conditions access to the allied health services they need. Each care plan entitles the person to the number of visits set out by the doctor to the allied health service needed with a maximum of 5 total visits over 12 months.
Anyone with podiatry visits on their care plan is bulk billed at Evolution Podiatry.
If I don't have a referral, will Medicare or my Private Health Fund cover any fees?
Podiatry is generally not covered under Medicare.
As stated above, under the Medicare Plus scheme a GP can refer patients with chronic disabilities and illness to an Allied Health Provider for up to 5 visits per year. Please discuss your eligibility with your GP as you do require a referral and completed EPC (Enhanced Primary Care Program).
Podiatry is however, covered under private health insurance. Please check your level of cover before attending your appointment, as not all levels include podiatry services. The refund will depend on the health fund and the level of cover and generally there is still a small out of pocket expense.