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WHAT IS A PODIATRIST?
A Podiatrist is a medical professional who treats disorders and pathologies of the lower limb. A Podiatrist is trained to assess, diagnose and treat foot and lower limb pathologies.
These conditions can include: skin and nail pathologies, foot and ankle injuries, pediatric foot problems, chronic diseases relating to the feet, problems in gait and walking, orthotics
and fitting of footwear. Podiatrists play an integral part in keeping people mobile, monitoring childhood development, monitoring chronic disease progression, working with the disabled
and aging population.
what training is involved to become a podiatrist?
A Podiatrist is required to hold a University Degree in Podiatry and meet the professional registration requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
DO I NEED A REFERRAL TO SEE A PODIATRIST?
most patients do not require a referral to see a Podiatrist, however in order to access some Medicare benefit schemes a referral is required from your local GP. These may include: department of Veterans Affairs, Workers Compensation, National Disability Insurance Scheme and other funding initiatives.
Some patients who are eligible for an Enhanced Primary Health Care Plane (EPC) which is arranged via your GP allows that patient to claim percentage of the podiatry treatment from Medicare. To check eligibility for these plans check with your GP.
private health funds?
To access Podiatry through Private Health Insurance Funds, you will not require a referral however, some policies have different coverage levels so check with your health care provider.
We have HICAPS claiming facilities onsite and can welcome all major health funds, we also process Medicare Easyclaim.