At Podiatry Illawarra, we provide a full range of podiatric services to give you complete care. You do not need a referral to visit us, but we will work with your GP to provide you with the best care possible. We are able to operate as part of a total care team to fulfill any health plan referral under the Medicare system. We do charge a small gap.
Podiatrists are university qualified allied health practitioners. Podiatrists specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of medical and surgical conditions of the foot and lower limb. Our feet carry us so far in life, therefore it is important to ensure that they are looked after properly by your podiatrist.We meet with you to determine the nature of your problem and design a treatment program specifically for you.
No. You only need a referral to see a Podiatrist if you are with the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Workers Compensation or are on the Enhanced Primary Care Plan (Medicare).
Yes, BUT only to those eligible and referred by a G.P. Medicare implemented a scheme in 2004 for those with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, long term arthritis and vascular disease. This scheme is referred to as the Enhanced Primary Care plan (EPC) allows those eligible to claim back some of their consultation fees with certain allied health professionals. To be eligible for rebates though the Enhanced Primary Care Plan your G.P is required to put you on a care plan. This care plan will allow you to claim back a rebate on up to a maximum 5 visits per year with your Podiatrist.
Although we are happy to discuss some things over the phone, it is impossible to accurately diagnose or give you advice unless we actually see something in person.
For all new patients please bring a list of your current medications and medical history. For patients with wounds if you are on antibiotics please bring these with you and any diagnostic images you may have including: x-rays, ultrasounds, and MRI. For patients with sporting or occupational injuries please bring any referrals and diagnostic images, a pair of shorts to change into and your work shoes, and shoes used for exercising or most commonly worn.
No, if your podiatrist believes further investigations are required for a diagnosis or to assess the integrity or damage of a structure they may order an x-ray. In cases where we believe an ultrasound, MRI or bone scan are necessary we will liaise with your G.P or specialist.
Yes, we do. Home visits available from Wollongong to Coledale.
Yes. Simply present your private health insurance card at your time of consultation and we will claim your rebate back at the time of your consultation.
HICAPS is a way to electronically claim your private health insurance rebate at the time of your consultation.