After a recent discussion with a DVA patient I realised that the changes to the allied health referrals were not well understood. The new changes came into affect on the 1st October 2019 and affect both white and Gold card holders. Only holders of a Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) marked Gold Card holders are not affected.
Firstly this new system will not limit you to only 12 sessions. It is 12 sessions per referral or treatment cycle. If your allied health provider believes that you require further treatment, they will send a report to your GP. The GP will use this report to review the treatment progress and assess if further treatment is clinically required or whether other treatment options are needed.
Secondly, if you had a current referral on the 1st of October 2019, then you are covered for 12 treatment sessions or until the expiry of the referral, whichever comes first. This is regardless of whether you had a 12 month referral or an ongoing referral. Once you have completed 12 sessions or your referral expires you will need to ask you treating therapist for a report and make an appointment to see your GP for another referral.
Thirdly, our staff are here to help you get the most out of your treatment. We aim to work with you toward your goals, whatever they may be. Exercise can benefit you in so many ways, for more information on benefits of exercise head here.
If you have any further question please call our friendly administration team on 3398 9556.