World leaders in telehealth (video and phone) consultation
** Due to the current COVID-19 situation our community is facing, including the need for social distancing, we are encouraging all of our patients to consider if telehealth (video or phone based consultations) will work for them **
We are a progressive, forward thinking, and evidence based clinic. Our physiotherapy team are world leaders in research and treatment of people with injuries and persistent pain conditions. Alongside treating patients, our team are active researchers at Universities including University of Melbourne, Monash, and La Trobe University.
Our research projects involve development and testing of telehealth solutions to delivering quality physiotherapy services including patient education and advice, exercise guidance, and group exercise classes. This work, and that by others around the world, indicates telehealth can provide high value physiotherapy care.
Our team’s innovative work in telehealth has allowed us to offer telehealth consultations for more than 2-years so that to people living interstate and internationally can access the unique expertise of our physiotherapy team. This service is also used by some local people who have difficulty making it to the clinic due to work, family and many other reasons.
Telehealth involves the use of a digital device (computer, tablet) or phone (mobile or landline) to provide the healthcare services you need. In most cases, both voice and video is used allowing the physiotherapist to:
- Understand your problem and how it developed
- Assess treatments you may have already tried which have and have not helped assessment
- Assess the way you move
- Provide you education and reassurance about how you can improve your pain or condition
- Provide you guidance on how you can modify exercise, activities and other lifestyle factors to help you improve your pain or condition
- Provide you with a new, or progress and existing home or gym based exercise program to help improve pain, or just to stay health and well
- Provide you and others with a group exercise class (typically 3-4 people) which allows you to exercise with others. These group sessions can be individualised, while also providing you important social support
Our clinic philosophy emphasises a focus on active management (education and exercise) to ensure patients not only get better in the short term, but continue to improve and manage their injuries in the long term. Considering this, the majority of the services we offer work very well on telehealth, and in fact can be delivered with greater convenience using this method.
Most people using our services at Complete Sports Care can benefit from telehealth consultations.
For existing patients: Your normal follow up appointments can be booked as, or changed to, a telehealth consultation during your next appointment at the clinic, by calling reception or online. You may consider this if it is difficult for you to get to the clinic for any reason, or if in the current environment, you wish to optimise social distancing. If you are unsure if telehealth is suitable for your situation, please discuss with our reception team and/or your treating therapist.
** Depending on the changing situation related to COVID-19, your therapist may recommend a telehealth consultation, in which case the clinic will contact you **
For new patients: You can call our reception team or book online as you normally would, requesting that your appointment is delivered via telehealth. If you are unsure if telehealth is suitable for your situation, please discuss with our reception team and they will help discuss, and consult with our physiotherapists, to determine if telehealth will work for you.
Our reception team are here to help you with any trouble shooting to ensure a smooth telehealth experience
What do I need to set up? Most of our telehealth consultations take place via the secure online platform Zoom, which is our preferred software. However, depending on your preference, we can consider other platforms (e.g. Skype, WhatsApp). You will need a device with microphone and camera enabled (computer, tablet, phone). Additionally, you should set up for the consultation somewhere with good light, that is quiet, and ensure you have good internet access. If completing or progressing an exercise program you may like to set up in the room where you normally complete your exercises.
What do I do if it is my first time using telehealth? For you first telehealth consultation, our reception team will contact you to complete a test run to help ensure you know how to connect and set up to talk and interact with your therapist.
What will the consultation involve? Prior to your consultation, the Reception team will send a link to log onto the zoom video consultation, and you should aim to do so 5 minutes prior to your appointment time. Your physiotherapist will log in when they are ready, and reception will aim to let you know if they are running more than 5 minutes late. Once you and your physiotherapists are connected, your consultation is likely to include the normal questions and conversations about your condition, some assessment/tests they will ask you to perform in front of the camera, discussion about best treatment plan or progressions, guidance with how you can modify exercise and activity or other lifestyle factors, provision of an exercise program including active instruction using the camera and/or video and image examples. Any written information/education created by the physiotherapist created during the consultation will be emailed to you.
The cost of telehealth consultations follow our standard clinic rates. Our usual minimum consultation time is 30 minutes, which allows your therapist to truly understand your problem and how it progressing following treatment, spend time providing you with quality education and guidance on how you can manage it better, and to provide you with and progress specific exercises. However, in some circumstances, short telehealth consultations (e.g. 15 minutes) can be effective, and prices would be adjusted accordingly. You can discuss this with reception or you treating therapist.
You are able to easily make payment over the phone with reception, using debit or credit card. Officially, there is no private health insurance, work cover, TAC or DVA rebate for telehealth. The Australian Physiotherapy Association has been working to lobby government and insurers to rectify this, with support from our team. We will send you an invoice for your payment, and we encourage to forward to your insurer for review and consideration.