Referrals to Allied Health Providers

Referrals to Podiatrists, Physios, Dieticians etc

Chronic Disease Management (formerly EPC) Referral

Consultations with some allied health providers can attract a Medicare rebate under certain circumstances as outlined by the Department of Health 2014

You may be eligible if you meet the criteria as explained by the Department of Health as follows:

A chronic medical condition is one that has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or longer, for example, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and stroke. There is no list of eligible conditions; however, it is for patients who require a structured approach, including those requiring ongoing care from a multidisciplinary team.

When you are seeing a doctor here your medical conditions and care needs will be assessed and it will be worked out if you meet the guidelines set by Medicare.

Once found to be eligible, a plan will be documented which will include the other health care providers involved in your treatment. A special referral for Chronic Disease Management will be sent to the allied health provider (previously an EPC referral but now called a CDM referral).

This enables you to claim a Medicare rebate or Medicare funded visit with your allied health provider.

The maximum of number of visits for each patient is 5 per calendar year.

Please check with your allied health provider as to the system they use with Medicare once you have your referral from the doctor here.