During your first consultation at Endeavour Osteopathy your osteopath will enquire the reason for your visit and take a full medical history. An osteopathic and orthopaedic examination will follow to aid your osteopath’s diagnosis. Your osteopath will then discuss the diagnosis, why it may have occurred and what treatment and management is necessary for resolution. Following your osteopathic treatment, your osteopath may make recommendations such as stretches and postural advice to aid your recovery and prevent recurrence. If further tests are warranted, your osteopath may refer you directly, or may refer you to your general practitioner for further investigations such as scans or blood tests.
Often your osteopath may ask you to remove items of your clothing to allow them to have a better understanding of your body to aid diagnosis and treatment. A gown will always be offered, however, you are welcome to bring loose fitting pants/shorts if this will make you feel more comfortable.
Any past imaging or scans should be brought for the initial consultation.
If you have “extras” included on your private health fund then bring your private health card with you.
No, you can make an appointment directly without a referral. If you have been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition and require complex care you may be eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) assistance. The GP must complete a special referral form to refer you to an osteopath for treatment.
An initial consultation will last up to 45 minutes, with all follow up appointments lasting up to 30 minutes. Prior to your initial appointment we recommend arriving 5 minutes early to fill out the appropriate paperwork.
An osteopath will need to record your medical history to assist in discussing treatment options.
Under the law, an osteopath needs to obtain your approval to treat you, so you may be asked to sign an ‘informed consent’ form.
Osteopaths are highly qualified professionals having undertaken five years of full time university training. They will have completed a Bachelor of Applied Science as well as a Masters of Osteopathy. Osteopaths at Endeavour Osteopathy are registered with the Australian Osteopathic Board of Australia which is regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). AHPRA requires that all osteopaths participate in a minimum of 25 hours Continued Professional Development each year to maintain high professional standards.
Most osteopathic treatment is manual therapy and should not cause undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will aim to make you as comfortable as possible.
There are techniques which may cause some short term discomfort or pain.
You may experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases significantly, call your osteopath to discuss your concerns.
This depends on your condition. Generally you would expect to see some changes in your symptoms after one or two visits. Long term or chronic conditions may require more treatment.
Your osteopath will discuss this with you.
Most Private Health Funds cover Osteopathy in their ‘Extras’ packages. Please check with your insurer that you are covered. Our clinic is equipped with Hicaps facilities which allow you to claim your private health rebate on the spot at the time of your consultation.
At Endeavour Osteopathy we work with all types of individuals, from babies to the elderly. We provide HICAPS for on the spot claiming through private health and deal with Work Cover, Transport Accident Compensation (TAC) and Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) patients. You may also be eligible for a Medicare subsidised Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM) via referral from your GP.