Do I need a referral from my GP?

A formal referral from your GP is not necessary, whilst many patients are referred to North Adelaide Podiatry Clinic by Doctors the majority of our patients self-refer and recommend each other.

Medicare Rebates

All Australian residents currently registered with Medicare, with a chronic illness are able to obtain a special referral from their local doctor under a specialised scheme. This will require the doctor to put in place a Care Plan and provide the patient with an EPC (Enhanced Primary Care) referral for Allied Health assessment/treatment. The scheme allows up to 5 consultations per calendar year for any allied health services in total (i.e. 3* Podiatry, 1* Physiotherapy, 1* Chiropractic; or 5 visits all to one health professional).

Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) patients

All DVA Gold cardholders and some DVA White cardholders are welcome at North Adelaide Podiatry Clinic for bulk billing services. These include general foot treatment, orthotic prescription and where necessary orthopaedic footwear prescriptions. A referral is required prior to the initial consultation and a renewal of this referral is needed annually.

Private Health Insurance rebates

All our podiatry services may be claimable under your private health insurance, ancillary cover.

However, please remember that rebates and services covered vary between insurers and insurance policies. We recommend that you check your individual policy regarding the amount you receive per treatment.

For your reference, and if you’d like to find out what rebates your particular fund will give you, here are the main item numbers you can quote to them to find out your refund amount;

  • Item: 004 Initial Consultation
  • Item: 012 Repeat Consultation

Orthotic devices vary in codes depending on the type of orthoses being prescribed and manufactured. Please call us on 8267 6600 to find out more details.

We are part of the HICAPS network, which allows you to instantly claim your private health insurance rebate and therefore only pay the gap when you attend for treatment.

Email inquiries will be returned within a couple of hours during weekdays. This service is not available on the weekends. For urgent inquiries please call us on 0438 016 600. We are open by appointment Monday to Saturday.