Consultation

Consultation

Consultation

To make an appointment, ring (07) 3848 9601 between 7.30am and 3 pm Monday to Friday or text 0407 659357 anytime. Appointments are available Monday to Friday and some Saturday mornings (with Jane). Some later afternoon appointments are now available on Mondays (with Martine).

Sue has four physiotherapy colleagues, Jane, Amanda and Martine, working with her. All physiotherapists will be assessing each patient’s problems and covering the educational content in the same manner that Sue does and they are sometimes able to see patients sooner due to Sue’s busier workload.

The initial pelvic floor consultation takes approximately one to 1.5 hours depending on the nature of your condition. The follow-up consultation, one month after, usually takes 30-45 minutes. If all is going well then we arrange a third half hour appointment after a further three months. Sue encourages you to make regular yearly appointments to review how your condition is going and to ensure life-time management of your condition. The appointment time required for chronic pain patients is often up to an hour and a half and there may be more regular appointments depending on how the pain condition is resolving. Children are usually seen at one month intervals until the problem is sorted.

To provide more time for education and treatment at the initial consultation, Sue (only) will most often call you prior to the first appointment to do some questions. Amanda, Jane and Martine will conduct the assessment at the first meeting.

The initial consultation involves extensive education regarding the bladder, bowel and pelvic floor. An internal examination (only for adult patients who provide informed consent) is offered to give the patient feedback on the condition of their pelvic floor muscles. A home program is given to the patient and an extensive information booklet provided to take away. A copy of Sue’s book and a witches hat (for measuring your bladder capacity to do a bladder diary) will also be included in the initial consultation. A re-assessment and review of symptoms will occur at the follow-up appointments.

Amanda, Jane and Martine have a musculo-skeletal background which means they can treat orthopaedic conditions, joint and muscle pain for all parts of the body. These initial appointments will be approximately one hour and you will be given a home programme to continue at home. The frequency of follow-up appointments will be usually more frequent.

Payment options

Hicaps
Hicaps facilities for most Private Health Funds are available. The amount you receive back varies depending on your individual health fund. Ring your health fund and check what your rebate will be as each fund varies. The Health Insurance card is swiped through and then the balance is paid via cash, credit card or EFTPOS. There is often a significant gap for the initial consultation.

Credit Card Facilities
Visa / MasterCard / American Express/ EFTPOS facilities are available with no surcharge for paying the balance of the consultation on credit card.

Enhanced Primary Care Program
Sue is registered with Medicare for the Enhanced Primary Care Plan. If your GP has decided that you are eligible for a plan, the GP will fill out the necessary paperwork and you will need to bring this referral with you, as well as your Medicare card and an EFTPOS card as the claim can be processed at the rooms. This appointment is not bulk-billed – there is a significant gap with the plan, unless you have reached your Medicare Safety Net, in which case Medicare will work out the rebate (often a percentage) and this means the rebate is significantly higher.