Changes to DVA treatments for Allied Health

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.


What is Exercise Physiology?

Your GP gave you a referral to an Exercise Physiologist, but what exactly is it? An Exercise Physiologists (also known as ‘Ex Phys’ or ‘EP’s’) will specialise in providing you a tailored exercise program focusing on movement-related fitness. They can help you work out the best type of exercise for your stage of fitness.

Even if you don’t have a referral and just want to get back into exercise, an EP is a great place to start. They have a broad knowledge of exercises from beginners to advanced and can often introduce you to different types of exercise that you may not have experienced before. Whether you are just trying to find the right exercise for you or need help getting active or your training for a special event, an EP can help set you on the right path.

An Ex Phys’ can offer you a personalised program tailored to your needs as well as lifestyle modification programs. Our Ep’s will design and evaluate your program, while ensuring a safe and effective exercise program for people all stages of fitness and with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities.

Our Ex Phys’ can help you get more active even if you have a chronic condition. They stay up to date on the latest exercise research including, but not limited to; cardiovascular, metabolic, neurological, musculoskeletal, cancers, kidney, respiratory/pulmonary and mental health, and any other conditions for which there is evidence that exercise can improve the client’s clinical status.

Our Exercise Physiologists are registered with Medicare, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, WorkCover and is recognised by most private health insurers.  Find out about our team.

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Need to see a Exercise Physiologist? Book in for your session now with one of our experienced team by calling (07) 3398 9556.