Is a referral needed to visit a Podiatrist?
A referral by your General Practitioner is needed ONLY if your visit will be covered by Workcover, the Department of Veteran Affairs or through the Enhanced Primary Care program. Otherwise, there is NO need for a referral. Rebate will be given if Podiatry services are covered with your private health insurance.
What is Chronic Disease Management (CDM)?
CDM (formerly Enhanced Primary Care Plan) enables General Practitioners to manage patients with chronic or terminal medical conditions, including those with conditions that need coordination between a GP and two or more healthcare providers. The Department of Health has included Podiatry services under this plan. If your GP confirmed that you qualify for CDM services, you will be eligible for up to five visits a year.
According to DOH website, “A chronic medical condition is one that has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or longer; for example, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and stroke”. CDM has no list of eligible conditions, but it is designed for patients who require an organized health care from different disciplines of medicine.
What are your working hours?
- Monday-Friday: 8am-6pm
- Saturday: 8am-12.30pm
West Perth Clinic:
- Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9am – 5.30pm
What is included in the initial consultation?
- Comprehensive assessment of the problem including your medical history.
- Full treatment of the infection or injury.
- Helpful information on footwear, foot exercises and strengthening regimen (if necessary).
- Referral to appropriate health care providers.
Note: The consultation may take up to 30 minutes.
Are there parking spaces for vehicles?
Yes. You can park at the backside of Currambine Clinic and street parking is available at West Perth Clinic.
Will the orthotics service be covered by my Health Fund?
It depends on the Health Fund. Please ask yours if your plan covers orthotics services. Also, inquire how much will be covered by using the item codes that we will provide because rebates varies between funds. If you are covered, both our clinics has HICAPS where you can swipe your card and pay only the balance.
What should I do on my first visit?
Kindly be at the clinic 10 minutes before your schedule for some paperwork required prior to your first consultation with the podiatrist.
Also, please bring the following items (if relevant) with you to ensure that the podiatrist has complete information in treating you:
- Referral letter
- Scans & X-Ray films
- Current Orthotics
- Work, school and/or sport shoes that you use regularly
- Private Health Fund card
- Other documents of relevant medical history
Please do not wear any nail polish if you are having cold laser treatment for nail fungus. Also, kindly bring fresh pairs of shoes and socks.
How do I pay for the consultation?
Both our clinics have a HICAPS machine where we can process your private health conveniently. If you do not have a private health fund card, you will need to pay the charges in full.
What if I cancel or miss my appointment?
Please notify us ahead of time for rescheduling or cancellation of your appointment. Kindly understand that our podiatrists have people on a waiting list most of time, so we ask our patients to notify us immediately.
A cancellation fee may be charged for cancellations less than 24 hours.