Common Questions

 

Do I need a referral?

You do not need a doctor’s referral to see an Occupational Therapist as a private patient.

If you are eligible for a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plan through Medicare, formerly known as an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Plan, you will require a written referral from your GP. A CDM provides 5 rebated visits per calendar year to see an Occupational Therapist or other allied health professional. The rebate per session is $52.95, for a minimum 20 minute consultation. Please discuss your eligibility with your GP.

Here are the details needed by your GP:

Annette Gardiner-Wynn

Occupational Therapist

Provider number: 5019522 J

Can I claim from my private health fund?

Yes, Annette is registered with private health funds as an Occupational Therapist. Your rebate will vary depending on the fund and your level of cover. Please contact your health fund for information regarding Occupational Therapy rebates under their scheme.

What do I need to bring to my first appointment?

Please bring your GP referral (if attending with a Medicare CDM) and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Hospital gowns are provided for your comfort if you need treatment over a larger area of your body.

Is there anyone who can’t have SCENAR therapy?

People with cardiac pacemakers are unable to have SCENAR treatment.

SCENAR is also not recommended for people with epilepsy.

Is SCENAR treatment painful?

No. You will feel a gentle tingling sensation as the electrode is moved over your skin, but this is not painful.

Is SCENAR the same as TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)?

No. TENS units deliver an electric current without the variability and pattern of the SCENAR electrical impulse. TENS units also have no biofeedback. Unlike TENS, SCENAR measures your body’s response to the impulse and constantly adjusts it’s response to deliver the correct type and amount of energy to your body.

How long are the consultations?

Your first consultation is approximately 75 minutes, to allow time to understand your concerns, and give your first treatment.

A standard follow-up consultation is approximately 60 minutes and is suitable for more chronic health conditions, or multiple problem areas.

A short follow up consultation is approximatley 30 minutes. It is suitable for an acute condition, or issues that are responding quickly to treatment.

What does it cost?

Initial consultation (approx.75 mins) - $145

Standard follow-up consultation (approx. 60 mins)- $120

Short follow-up consultation, if recommended as part of treatment plan (approx. 30 mins) - $70

How many sessions will I need?

An acute condition may resolve in as few as 3 sessions. Chronic, long-term health conditions will require a longer series of treatment to encourage your body to change.

Annette will closely monitor your response to SCENAR therapy and only continue to recommend treatment if it is helping your body change. The approach is to have a defined block of therapy to bring about change, rather than a never-ending amount of treatment.

Annette will work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs.

What methods of payment do you accept?

You can pay with cash or credit card on the day or by direct deposit as directed on your invoice.

Do you offer concession rates?

Concession rates are available. Please contact us to discuss your situation.

What is the best way to book an appointment?

You can book online via the Book Now link at the top right of any page on this website, or you can call Annette.