Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a referral?
No, you can simply make a booking. You do not need a referral from your doctor to see a hand therapist as a private patient.
Is hand therapy covered by Medicare?
Yes, in certain circumstances. If you have a chronic health issue you may be eligible to have Medicare cover some of your treatment costs. This requires your GP to give you a referral to a hand therapist under the Chronic Disease Management plan (CDM – formerly called EPC*).
You will need to bring a CDM referral from your GP, and your Medicare card, to be able to claim a Medicare rebate on your consultation.
Please note that payment for your consultation is still required on the day. Your CDM rebate can then be claimed through Medicare for hand therapy consultations. Additional items such as splints are not covered.
CDM plans are only applicable to chronic conditions and in certain circumstances. Speak to your doctor about your eligibility.
*Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) care planning items were removed from the Medicare Benefits Schedule in 2005 and replaced by the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) items (721 -732). The term ‘EPC plan’ is now obsolete. EPChealth.gov.au/EPC
Are hand therapists physiotherapists or occupational therapists?
Hand therapists have either a physiotherapy or an occupational therapy degree.
Hand therapy is an area of advanced practice for both these professions. The experience and expertise required to become a hand therapist is learned in the years following graduation. This includes ongoing courses, work experience alongside qualified hand therapists and hand surgeons, and private study.
At Melbourne Hand Rehab, we have a thorough mentoring and skills sharing program. This ensures there is no difference in the treatments you will receive from our therapists regardless of their undergraduate degree.
The only difference you will find is with your private health fund rebates. Some funds rebate more for occupational therapy than physiotherapy, and vice versa. Check your fund rebate here: Our Private Health Insurance referral guide
Do I need to pay on the day?
Private patients and CDM patients (Medicare) pay on the day of their consultation. Medicare will provide your rebate to you after you have paid the appointment cost in full.
Pre-payment is required for consultations with our senior clinicians.
WorkSafe, TAC and DVA patients are bulk billed (unless the appointment is with a senior clinician).
What do I need to bring to my initial consultation?
If you are a musician or athlete, please bring in the instruments or sports equipment that you are using with your injured hand. If this isn’t possible, it would be helpful if you have a video recording of this activity.
If you have had any imaging done, please bring all results with you.
Prior to your initial consultation, please fill out the New Patient forms online. If you haven’t filled these out, please make sure to come to your appointment 10 minutes early so you have time to fill them out on the day.
Fill in your New Patient Form online here
For more information, call us directly on 9458 5166
Click HERE to conveniently book an appointment online.