Frequently Asked Questions
The following is a list of frequently asked questions regarding treatments with the Geelong Osteopathy Group (GOG).
If you require any further information please call our reception or send us an email.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM AN INITIAL CONSULTATION?
Geelong Osteopathy Group (GOG) follows best clinical practice and as such, each initial consultation entails:
- A full and thorough medical case history
- A comprehensive musculoskeletal assessment
- A detailed diagnosis and prognosis
- A targeted treatment approach
- A tailored exercise and management plan
WHAT SHOULD I BRING AND WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY APPOINTMENT?
As Osteopathy is a manual therapy we recommend wearing loose and comfortable clothing that is easy for you to move around in. For the purposes of examination and treatment you may also be asked to remove certain items of clothing. In this instance, a gown will be available to keep you covered and warm.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL?
No, you do not need a referral. Osteopaths are first
HOW CAN I PAY?
As a courtesy we request at least 24 hours notice if you are unable to attend your consultation. Cancellation fees may apply (50% of total consultation fee).
ARE OSTEOPATHIC SERVICES COVERED BY PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE?
ARE OSTEOPATHIC SERVICES COVERED BY MEDICARE?
We request that you pay upfront for your CDM funded treatment and we will provide you with the relevant documentation for claiming your rebate from Medicare.
DO YOU PROVIDE WORKCOVER or TAC SERVICES?
If you are claiming osteopathic care through WorkCover or TAC, we ask that accounts be settled on the day of treatment. You will then be provided with an invoice for third party and claiming purposes.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OSTEO/PHYSIO/CHIRO?
Osteopaths undertake a minimum of 5 years of tertiary education and graduate with a Bachelor and Masters degree.
A national AHPRA board regulates osteopathy. This means registered Osteopaths must abide by set codes of clinical practice including using an evidence informed approach to treatment and are mandated to complete regular professional development.
Osteopathy takes a holistic approach to health, one that encompasses many aspects of a patient’s health. A strong focus is placed on addressing the underlying cause of your condition and providing not only symptomatic relief but aiming for sustainable therapeutic outcomes. Treatment is “hands on” and addresses both the muscles and joints of the body.