Since 1977, Australia replaced the term ‘Chiropodist’ with ‘Podiatrist’ when the decision was made to regulate the profession and increase the scope of practice to include the ability to treat a wider range of conditions. In some countries such as the US and less so in the UK, the term chiropodist is still used.
During your first consultation, your podiatrist will ask you a series of questions to gain an overall understanding of your general health and any health concerns that you may have.
This will be followed by an examination of your feet and lower limbs using various pieces of equipment such as a podoscope (to view the distribution of pressure through the feet when standing) and gonimeters (measures angles of motion), to diagnose any irregularities.
Our podiatrists aim to find the root cause of your foot condition and formulate a treatment plan that best suits your needs.
Treatment is usually initiated during your first appointment.
Your initial consultant may take up to 40 mins. It is recommended that you arrive 5-10 minutes before your first appointment to complete your 'new patient' documentation.
When looking for a Podiatrist, we recommend you check the following:
Possibly. If you have the relevant Chronic Disease Management Plan or Team Care Arrangement referral from your GP, you may be eligible to claim $52.95 back from Medicare per visit (maximum of 5 times per 12 months and per calendar year).
If you feel you meet Medicare's criteria for Chronic Disease, you can book a special appointment with your GP to discuss this further. Please mention this when making your booking.
We don't bulk bill
We require payment at the time of your appointment and then the Medicare rebate can be claimed back from Medicare. We can help you do this by either providing you with a receipt that allows your to go to the Medicare office to make a claim or via Medicare's online facility. Or, we can use our hicaps/eftpos machine to make a claim for you on the day of your appointment. in order to do this, we require your Medicare card and an eftpos card to make your claim for you but only after you have paid your consultation fees in full.
Medicare stipulates that you cannot make another claim to your health insurance once you have already made a claim to Medicare for the same consultation. However, you can use your health insurance to claim for additional items such as orthotic devices.
Yes. We have Hicaps facilities on site and can process your Private Health Fund claims immediately.
We can take bookings up until the day of you wish to visit. However, popular appointment times after school/work hours fill quickly, so we recommend you try booking 1-2 weeks in advance to secure the most convenient time for you.
We sometimes have a waiting list in case another patient changes their appointment time. This is why we confirm all of our appointments 1-2 days before your appointment. Likewise, if you are unable to attend, please let us know asap so that the appointment time can be made available for someone else. Less than 24 hours notice may attract a cancellation fee.