What is a paediatric physiotherapist?
Paediatric physiotherapists are the movement specialists for babies, children and adolescents. They are able to treat a variety of conditions including musculoskeletal, post surgical and neurological for children from birth to 18-years.
They aim to create a treatment approach that is not only fun, challenging and motivating for your child, but that is also individually tailored to fit with your family’s lifestyle and goals.
Paediatric physiotherapists use treatment methods such as play, movement training, strengthening, stretching, motor learning and education.
When should your child see a paediatric physiotherapist?
Your child should see a paediatric physiotherapist if they:
- Have chronic headaches, growing pain, Severs disease or Osgood-schlatters syndrome
- Have an accident, injury (sports injuries, fracture, back pain), surgery or major health event
- Are not tolerating tummy time
- Were born prematurely
- Have a flat spot on his/her head and are looking to one side only
- Have a delay in achieving milestones
- Not sitting by nine-months
- Not standing by 12-months
- Not walking by 18-months
- Have an unusual walk/toe walking
- Are clumsy with running, jumping and ball skills
- Have a neurological condition such as cerebral palsy and acquired brain injury
- Have any other physical concerns about your child
Payment options and subsidies
Paediatric physiotherapists are recognised by all private health insurers, so rebates are applicable.
Under the Chronic Disease Management Program, Medicare rebates are available for patients with chronic and complex care needs on referral from their doctor. Additional rebates may also be applicable for those identifying as Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander.
Better Start for Children with Disability:
This initiative provides funding for early intervention services. Call 1800 242 636 to learn more or register your child.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS):
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia. Visit www.ndis.gov.au for more information.
If your child has been injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident there may be funding available. Speak to your GP to check eligibility.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
In Australia, physiotherapists are first contact practitioners, so a referral is not required to attend for treatment. There are however, a few exceptions (motor vehicle third party claims and Medicare claims) where you will need to see your doctor prior to attending.
Is there a cancellation policy?
At Flex Out Physiotherapy we understand people get busy and from time to time, emergencies come up and things change. If you cannot keep your appointment, please call us as soon as possible so we can reschedule your appointment. We require a minimum of eight-hours notice prior to your appointment so we can have time to offer your appointment to someone else.
Are Flex Out Physiotherapy preferred providers to any private health funds?
Yes. Flex Out Physiotherapy are a preferred provider for both Medibank and BUPA which provides members with additional discounts and maximum rebates on services.
Is there funding available for physiotherapy services?
In some instances, there is Medicare or other funded services available. Speak with your doctor to see if your child might be eligible.
If my child has seen a physiotherapist elsewhere can he/she still be referred?
Yes, however if it is through a compensable body they will need to notified and approve the Flex Out as the new service provider.
Is there a waiting list to access the paediatric physiotherapist?
No, there is currently no waiting list for kids therapy.
Who do I speak with if I have a question relating to whether or not my child’s physiotherapy needs can be met?
You can speak with any of our helpful administration staff, or our paediatric physiotherapist Carina Tenace.
Do you provide home/school visits?
Yes home and school visits are available.