Frequently asked questions.

No. Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard neurological, orthopaedic, cardiovascular and respiratory system examination.
Yes. Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds, depending on your table of cover. It is best to call your fund to double-check your cover status before booking your appointment if unsure. Osteopaths are also registered providers for the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care programme, DVA programme, Workers’ Compensation, and Motor Vehicle Insurance Commission.
Allow 30-40 minutes for all consultations. Initially this enables the Osteopath to ask you about the details of your current complaint, full medical history as well as perform a thorough physical examination, including observation and palpation to form a diagnosis and treatment plan. After discussing the findings, diagnosis and treatment approach with you, appropriate comprehensive treatment will be given. You will receive treatment at your first consultation.
You will need to bring a pair of shorts so that your Osteopath can properly assess your whole posture. Your Osteopath may find that your symptoms have an underlying cause that may initially seem unrelated. You may find that you have multiple symptoms that actually have the same causal link!
You will need to bring a completed New Patient Form to your first appointment. Filling this in prior to your appointment time will ensure maximum treatment during your appointment. You may also like to bring with you any relevant x-rays/imagery, reports, or letters – but these are not required.
Yes, unless we feel that you need immediate medical referral.
Your Osteopath will design a treatment plan, which is specific to your needs. This will involve a variety of hands on Osteopathic techniques which may include soft tissue and stretching techniques, gentle mobilisation and manipulation, Functional technique and Osteopathy in the Cranial Field. Your body type, duration and severity of symptoms, previous health history, and of course your preferences are all taken into consideration. You will also be given advice on exercise, posture and other lifestyle habits to enhance your treatment outcome. On subsequent consultations, re-evaluation will be carried out to check the effectiveness of the Osteopathic care provided and if there is a need to modify the diagnosis or treatment.
There are three initial consultations involved in your Naturopathic care at West Perth Osteopathy. Following these, subsequent consultations for ongoing care may be required – your Naturopath will discuss future care when presenting Your Health Plan. Initial Consultation: Your Health Assessment A comprehensive health assessment is performed, and your Naturopath will explore your immunity, digestive function including liver and gallbladder, toxic exposure, endocrine (hormonal) function, sleep, stress, and mood, and how all of these interact and impact on your health. The goal of this Consultation is to find out as much information about your health so that a naturopathic care plan can be tailored to your individual health needs. Second Consultation: Testing Naturopathic testing will be performed to determine your nutritional status, health, vitality and underlying constitutional factors, which affect your overall health and wellbeing. Your Naturopath may also recommend additional testing. Third Consultation: Report of Findings & Your Health Plan Your Wellness Care Plan will be discussed, detailing goals for your health and the strategies to achieve these health goals. Your Wellness Care plan allows us to work closely with you to effectively address your health concerns and, furthermore, allow you to be at your best, with optimum health and wellbeing. Subsequent Consultations: Ongoing Naturopathic care
You will need to bring a completed New Patient Form to your first appointment. The form is quite lengthy, so please ensure that you allow yourself enough time to complete the form thoroughly and with as much detail as possible. Filling this in prior to your appointment time will ensure maximum consultation during your appointment.