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Physiotherapy, a specialised branch of healthcare, focuses on optimising movement, reducing pain, and promoting overall well-being. In this detailed blog post, we will explore the world of physiotherapy, with particular attention given to private practice. Join us as we delve into the benefits, services, and unique aspects of private practice physiotherapy, empowering you with the knowledge to make informed decisions about your healthcare.

Understanding Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, is a healthcare profession that utilises a holistic approach to optimise movement, function, and quality of life. Physiotherapists assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of conditions, injuries, and disabilities using evidence-based techniques. Physiotherapy emphasises patient-centered care, empowering individuals to take an active role in their own recovery. Treatment approaches focus on manual therapy, exercise prescription, patient education, and lifestyle modifications. The aim is to address the root cause of the problem, alleviate symptoms, and prevent future issues.

Private Practice Physiotherapy

Private practice physiotherapy refers to the provision of physiotherapy services in a private setting, outside of a hospital or public healthcare system.

Benefits of Private Practice

  • Enhanced Convenience: Private practices often offer flexible scheduling, shorter wait times, and convenient locations, allowing individuals to access timely care.
  • Personalised Attention: Private practice physiotherapists can dedicate more one-on-one time to patients, tailoring treatments to meet individual needs.
  • Continuity of Care: Patients can develop a long-term therapeutic relationship with their physiotherapist, fostering better communication and treatment outcomes.

Choosing the Right Private Practice Physiotherapist

Qualifications and Credentials

  • Ensure the physiotherapist is licensed and registered with the appropriate regulatory body in your country or region.
  • Look for additional certifications, specialization, and continuing education to ensure the therapist’s expertise aligns with your needs.

Experience and Expertise

  • Consider the physiotherapist’s experience in treating conditions similar to yours.
  • Assess their familiarity with the latest research and techniques in the field.

Communication and Rapport

  • A strong therapeutic relationship is essential for effective treatment. Choose a physiotherapist who listens attentively, explains treatment options clearly, and involves you in decision-making.

Accessibility and Convenience

  • Evaluate factors such as location, clinic hours, availability of appointments, and insurance coverage to ensure easy access to care.

More About Macquarie Physiotherapy


What do our physiotherapists treat?
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Sports Injuries
  • Pre and Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Chronic Pain Conditions
  • Private Patients (with and without private health insurance)
  • Compensable Patients (workers’ compensation and CTP)
  • DVA Patients
  • NDIS Patients
  • EPC Plans
What physiotherapy services do we provide?
  • Casting, Bracing and More!
    • Depending on the injury, we may need to stabilise structures for them to heal effectively. We are experts in waterproof casts, custom-made orthotics, taping & bracing.
  • Hydrotherapy
    • Exercising in water provides buoyancy, support and a feeling of being weightless. You can move more freely as you build strength and flexibility. Hydrotherapy sessions are held at Valentine Pool.
  • Home Visits
    • Treatment delivered in home or in facility for patients unable to attend a clinic.
  • Core Strength Classes
    • Physiotherapist-run exercise classes which focus on strength and flexibility for good posture and life-long wellness.
  • Exercise Programs & Advice
    • We design an exercise programs based on your goals. Once we make sure your technique is correct you can continue your program at home or in the gym.
  • Manual Therapy
    • Our physiotherapists know when to get hands-on and manually mobilise joints and muscles. Mobilisation helps promote the healing process of the affected soft tissues.
  • Dry Needling
    • Dry needling is used to reduce pain and restore function through the release of myofascial trigger points in muscle.
  • Rehabilitation Programs
    • If you’ve suffered an injury or had a surgical procedure, we can design a rehabilitation program to get you back to full strength.
What can I expect at my first appointment?

When you visit Macquarie Physiotherapy for a consultation, you can expect a comprehensive and personalised approach. Our consultation process typically involves three key components:

  1. Initial Discussion: During the initial discussion, we take the time to understand your injury, medical history, and symptoms. This information helps us gather essential details and develop a clear understanding of your presentation.
  2. Thorough Assessment: Our experienced physiotherapists conduct a detailed assessment to identify the underlying causes of your condition. This may include diagnostic tests, range of motion assessments, strength tests, and specialised examinations tailored to your specific needs.
  3. Comprehensive Treatment: Based on the information gathered during the assessment, we develop a customised treatment plan that aligns with your goals. Our comprehensive treatments may include a combination of the following:
    1. Education and Advice: We believe that patient education is vital for successful rehabilitation. Our physiotherapists provide valuable knowledge, guidance, and practical advice on managing your condition, preventing future injuries, and promoting overall wellness.
    2. Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques such as joint mobilisation and soft tissue massage are used to relieve pain, improve mobility, and enhance tissue healing.
    3. Therapeutic Exercises: We prescribe specific exercises and stretches to target your condition and address underlying impairments. These exercises aim to improve strength, flexibility, posture, and overall physical function.
Do I need a referral?

At Macquarie Physiotherapy, we strive to make accessing physiotherapy services convenient for our patients. Here are some important points to note:

  1. Referrals: In most cases, you do not need a referral to see a private practice physiotherapist. You can directly book an appointment with us without the need for a referral letter from a healthcare provider.
  2. Exceptions: However, there are specific situations where a referral is required. These include if you are utilising an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program, have a workers’ compensation or compulsory third party (CTP) claim, or possess a Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) card. If you fall into any of these categories, you will need to obtain a referral before your appointment.
Can I claim with my health fund?

We understand the importance of financial considerations in healthcare. At Macquarie Physiotherapy, our clinics are equipped with HICAPS machines, which allows us to process health fund rebates on the spot. This means that if you have private health insurance with physiotherapy coverage, you can claim your rebates immediately, reducing your out-of-pocket expenses.

Now that you know a bit more about us, why don’t you head over and meet the team!

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