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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Referrals

  Medicare

  Better Start for Children with a Disability Initiative

2. Fees

3. What to wear and bring

4. What to expect at the initial assessment

5. What is a Developmental Assessment

6. Siblings

 

 

1. Referrals

A referral is welcome but not required unless your child is eligible for a rebate under one of the following categories:

Medicare

 A child with a chronic condition and complex care needs may be eligible for Medicare rebates if they are managed by their General Practitioner under the GP Management Plan and Team Care Arrangement. Please refer to the Links page for more information about Medicare and contact you GP to determine if you qualify for this rebate before your appointment

Better Start for Children with a Disability Initiative

This funding is for children who are under the age of 6 years and have been specifically diagnosed with Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile x syndrome,  moderate or greater vision or hearing impairment including deafblindness.  For more information about Better Start for Children with a Disability Initiative please refer to the Links page.

 

2. Fees

All fees are to be paid at the time of your consultation in the clinic.

Cash, Cheque, Mastercard, Visacard and EFTPOS are accepted.

Private health insurance funds provide a rebate for physiotherapy services under some levels of cover. As the exact rebate depends on your level of cover, please contact your health insurance fund for more details.

 

3. What to wear and bring

It is best to wear or bring clothes that a child can easily move and exercise in such as a close fitting pair of shorts and top. For the older, more self conscious child wearing a singlet top/ crop top or bra allows the physiotherapist to ask the child to undress to their underwear to observe their posture, joints and muscles more fully.

 Please bring a water bottle as the child is often thirsty during or after an active session.

 If there are concerns with how the child is standing or walking/ running please bring the shoes that they normally wear.

 

4. What to expect at the initial assessment

During your first session you will be asked about your main concern with your child. This is followed by a summary of your child’s medical history which will include when they achieved their gross and fine motor milestones as this can impact on their development. Any previous treatment intervention and outcome will be noted before the physiotherapy assessment begins.  The type of assessment used depends on your child’s particular concern and may be one or a combination of the following:

 -  a neurological and developmental assessment is required if the child has delayed milestones or has difficulty with performing any skill in a co-ordinated manner such as running or writing. It may also be used as a screening tool for developmental checks for at risk babies and children such as those born prematurely.

-  an orthopaedic assessment is used if your child has pain, an injury, tight or floppy muscles, stiff joints or poor posture.

-  A respiratory assessment is utilized for breathing difficulties or a chest infection.

-  A bladder /bowel assessment is required for any difficulties in these area

The length of the initial assessment can vary from 30 – 60 minutes depending on the age of the child and the complexity of the problem. The physiotherapist will individually tailor the treatment to the child and you will be given key exercises and treatment strategies to take home. Follow up treatments or reviews generally take 20 – 45 minutes, the frequency of which depends on your child’s needs and your family schedule.

5. What is a Developmental Assessment.

The developmental assessment includes assessing the following areas in more detail to ascertain more accurately why the child is having difficulties.

  • Muscle tone, muscle strength and joint range
  • Posture and balance
  • Vestibular function (awareness of body position in space)
  • Tactile and proprioceptive awareness (ability to feel touch and joint and muscle awareness)
  • Ocular motor skills (eye follow and eye/hand and eye/foot co-ordination)
  • Motor planning (ability to organize the body to perform a skill)

6. Siblings

 As we are a family friendly clinic we recognize that it is sometimes difficult to find someone to look after siblings so they are welcome to attend but it is important that they are fully supervised by the parent. It is helpful if they bring a quiet activity so the child attending treatment isn’t being distracted and the parent can concentrate on any discussion with the paediatric physiotherapist - Elizabeth Hornsby or Julie Uhlmann.

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PH:  07 3876 5364
Unit 6, 149 Musgrave Rd
Red Hill
QLD 4059
 

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