Workcover in Busselton
Work-Related Injuries: Back to work recovery plans.
Are you working long hours every day? Does your work require repetitive movement or a prolonged position?
Did you know that Osteopaths are eligible to provide workplace management services, nationwide?
You can consult an Osteopath if you have been injured in the workplace and have insurance rebate approval.
Osteopaths Can Support You With Your Recovery And Back To Work Plans
A workplace injury can be costly. You can’t afford to lose work that helps you pay the bills and supports your lifestyle. The stress of losing employment security and the disturbance of routines can have huge impacts on your life, let alone on your future – Planning and saving can go out of the window when something goes wrong at work. And employers can be strict about return to work plans.
Osteopaths can help you cut through the red tape and focus on what’s important – your health, well-being and getting you back to work as fast as possible.
In most cases you will need a referral from a doctor to see an Osteopath for a workplace injury. Your case manager may ask you for this
Depending on the severity of your workplace injury and your return to work goals, your case manager may grant approval for a certain number of clinical sessions with an Osteopath.
If you still have work related limitations once an approved number of sessions are used, your Osteopath will generally need to seek further approval for more sessions from your case manager
You should ask your case manager for any special forms your Osteopath needs to complete in your claim approval process
An Osteopath can give information about your progress to the case manager and others involved in helping you return to work
In some areas, a schedule of fees caps the maximum amount an Osteopath will be paid for workplace injury management services. When there is a capped schedule of fees, your case manager will only pay an Osteopath up to the amount specified in the schedule.
In some areas Osteopaths can charge a gap payment over the schedule of fees, to be paid by a client out of their own pocket. If you are approved to access an Osteopath, ask your case manager for fee rules and ask your Osteopath if they intend to charge a gap before you proceed with treatment.
If you are not approved or have approval pending to receive workplace injury management services from an Osteopath and decide to receive treatment anyway, you will be responsible for paying all practitioner services. The Osteopath will give you invoices with which you can use to seek reimbursement, but any reimbursement will be at the discretion of the relevant scheme and your case manager
Osteopathy is hands-on treatment (manual therapies) with a holistic approach to health care – This means Osteopaths can develop long-term strategies, management plans, exercise routines and provide lifestyle advise to assist you to work pain free or to the best of your ability. Osteopaths are trained to understand your issues and support you to tackle them, so that you remain at work for as long as you wish to.
First of all, your medical history and a comprehensive physical assessment will determine where to go next. Every treatment plan is tailored and individualised to fit exactly what you need. Along with manual therapies, dry needling and taping, a work management plan is an essential aspect of your treatment, to help alleviate your pain.
REMEMBER…WHEN YOU FIRST ATTEND AN OSTEOPATHIC CLINIC, PLEASE BRING YOUR:
- Claim number
- Doctor’s referral
- Contact details of your case manager
- Any reports about your injury
This will help the Osteopath to establish your approval status and identify how best to help you manage your workplace injury.
Initial Consultation: $120
Subsequent Consultation: $90
The consult includes history taking, physical assessment, evaluation, manual therapies, dry needling or taping (if required) and creating a management plan and/or exercise rehabilitation, nutritional and lifestyle advice for your specific issue.
We believe our prices are reflective of the value we bring to you in our consults. We provide a summary and management plan of your condition, a take home exercise app to make sure you get great results.
Osteopathic treatment is considered as a hands-on approach which means that Osteopaths use manual therapies and different Osteopathic techniques to address musculoskeletal disorders. For example, techniques like Myofascial Release, Counter-Strain, Remedial Massage, Balanced Ligamentous Tension, Muscle Energy Techniques or Spinal Manipulation involve the use of the practitioners hand on various parts of your body.
Additionally, it is important to note that Osteopathic treatment uses a holistic approach which means that nutritional advice, well-being tips, exercise regimes and lifestyle management can be implemented within the treatment.
Before any type of treatment, you will be informed about each technique, the purpose, the therapeutic application and why it is used. However, it is your right as a patient to say NO. For example, if you do not understand the technique, do not want to have a certain type of manipulative treatment or do not wish to have hands on treatment in specific areas, please let your Osteopath know.
No, you can make an appointment directly without a referral. If you have been diagnosed with a specific medical condition, consider bringing your X-ray, MRI, doctor’s reports or other related information.
Important to note – If you have been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition and need complex care you may be eligible for Chronic Disease Management Assistance (CDM). Your doctor must complete a special referral form to refer you to Mana Health Clinic. EPC (Enhanced Primary Care Package) or 5 visits from your GP is usually given to you for chronic conditions. This means that medicare covers $52.95 of your sessions. As this does not cover the full rate for our length or quality of service we do charge a small gap on top of this.
Many private health funds include Osteopathy as part of their extra cover. We recommend you check your private health insurance to ensure your level of cover includes Osteopathy. We have HICAPS at the clinic and can claim any rebate applicable which means you only pay the gap.
You must bring your private health fund card to benefit from the rebate. If you forget your card, you will need to pay the full consultation fee. A receipt of payment will be provided to will allow you to claim your benefit online.