Physionorth terms and conditions

Terms and Conditions

Our Commitment to You

Clients receive respectful care and are not discriminated against on the basis of their age, gender, ethnicity, beliefs, sexual preference or health status.

Clients have the right to be treated in a manner that respects their individuality.  Clients, their families and carers should be treated courteously.  There should be full recognition of client needs, culture and beliefs in all aspects of communication, assessment and intervention.

Your Commitment to Us

In order to achieve the best out of your physiotherapy consultation, we require a commitment from you, to your treatment plan.

Our Therapists conduct a thorough assessment to obtain your history and an objective physiotherapy examination. They use this information, along with your goals, to give you a diagnosis and tailor a treatment plan for you. It is important that you have read and understood our terms and conditions and commit fully to participating in your treatment plan and recovery.  It is your responsibility to follow our advice and avoid situations that may aggravate your condition. We acknowledge an infinite number of variables can impact on the outcomes of any treatment program.

The Physionorth Guarantee

At Physionorth we pride ourselves on the delivery of only the highest quality Physiotherapy, Massage, and Acupuncture services.

We live by the philosophy that if YOU are not happy then WE are not happy.

If for some reason you are not 100% happy with the quality of your consultation, contact us within 10 days of your visit and we will:

  •  Give you a full refund of your initial consultation fee AND
  • Give you your next follow-up treatment session for FREE

We want to ensure all of our patients receive the appropriate quality care and if you are not 100% satisfied we have missed the mark somewhere which is not our intention! All feedback is valuable and you are encouraged to contact Jaquie the Business Owner at jaquieqoldsack@physionorth.com.au or the Practice Manager at practicemanager@physionorth.com.au to express your concerns and to resolve any issues that may be present!

Cancellations

It is expected that if you cannot keep an appointment with us, that notice is given as soon as possible by calling the practice and leaving a message if after hours. 24 hours notice is required, or you may be charged a cancellation fee of $65. Notice of at least 24hrs gives us the opportunity to offer your appointment slot to someone on our waiting list.

After more than one failure to attend or late cancellation, we may charge you the full cost of the treatment. After more than two failures to attend or late cancellations, we will charge you the full cost of the treatment and you will be required to pre-pay for any future appointments.

Late and Missed Appointments

If you arrive late to an appointment, but within your appointed time slot, you may receive a shorter consultation in an effort not inconvenience other clients waiting.

If you either arrive after or entirely miss an appointment, you will be charged the consultation fee in full.
If you call the practice to arrange an alternative time to occur within forty-eight (48) hours of your missed appointment, you will be eligible for an appointment at no charge, but at a time of our convenience.

Consent to Treatment

You hereby request and give consent to our therapists to perform all necessary examinations, manipulations, therapy, rehabilitation and medical diagnostic procedures in accordance with their professional training and understanding of your injury.

You understand that you have an opportunity to discuss with your therapist, the nature and purpose of your physiotherapy care before any treatment is rendered.

You acknowledge and accept the following:

  1. The physical nature of physiotherapy and related treatments.
  2. You have the right to see the physiotherapist of your choice, refuse intervention or seek a further opinion and to provide feedback and make a complaint.
  3. The adverse risks associated with treatment, including stiffness and soreness, soft tissue injury, neurological complications, cerebrovascular injuries, skin irritations, burns and other minor complications.
  4. The probability of risk is lowered by screening procedures.
  5. Other treatment options exist if the risk of physiotherapy is considered to be high, including medication, medical care, hospitalisation and surgery.
  6. The risk of remaining untreated includes the formation of adhesions, scar tissue and other degenerative changes. These changes can further reduce skeletal mobility, and induce chronic pain cycles. It is quite probable that delay of treatment will complicate the condition and make future rehabilitation more difficult.
  7.  Most clients receive our services without the need of a medical or other referral. However, in the event a referral from another practitioner has been given, it is highly recommended that such a referral is provided to the treating physiotherapist to assist in the continuity of care and our delivery of the most appropriate treatment for the client.

Consent to Obtain and Release Information

To accelerate the management of your injury or injury claim, you accept it may be necessary to communicate the details of your medical condition with treating practitioners, rehabilitation consultants, case managers and employers. If you have been referred by another health professional or personal trainer, it is common practice to provide a letter detailing your diagnosis and treatment plan. You will be provided with a form to sign on your initial consultation to consent to this.

If you require referral onto another medical specialist, it is necessary to disclose your contact information so they can make contact with you for a booking. You will be provided with a form to sign on your initial consultation to consent to this.

7. Accounts and Billing

  1. Please refer to our most recent schedule of fees for an outline of the services we offer and their associated prices.
  2. It is expected that all fees are paid in full at the time of consultation.
  3.  We accept cash, EFTPOS, credit cards and offer electronic healthrebates (via HICAPS) for your convenience. However, in the event of electronic network failure, full payment is still required on the day of consultation.
  4. Payment of accounts can be done via the telephone or in person at the practice from which you received the service.
  5.  Health Insurance rebates (electronic or otherwise) can only be claimed after the service has been received. In the instance of purchasing treatment packages, rebates will only be available once the treatment package has been completed.
  6. There is no refund available on the purchase of any personal or healthcare items if you change your mind. If the item has a major problem we can either refund or exchange the item for you. Please keep your proof of purchase.
  7. Those who feel they cannot comply with our very strict billing methods, or wish to be given special consideration, please feel welcome to put your request in writing and address it to the Practice Director.
  8. Please understand that our strict billing methods allow equality of service to all clients, and serve to raise the already high standard of care we can offer you.
  9. Our intention is not to exclude anyone from being able to access our physiotherapy services. We have never denied anyone the benefits of physiotherapy care because of their inability to pay our published fees. If financial hardship requires individual consideration, please put your request in writing to the Practice Director.

Privacy Policy Summary Statement

All client details are stored confidentially with your clinical notes and not disclosed to anybody outside Physionorth. This practice is committed to protecting your privacy and this information is generally only disclosed to other members of your medical team where necessary. The personal and health information you provide during your consultation and subsequent treatment will be collected for the primary purpose of providing high quality health care.

Where required by law or if necessary for debt collection reasons, your personal information will be disclosed.
Physionorth uses SMS and/or email communication to keep you up to date with the status of your appointment. We also require your email address for access to our Exercise App and Online bookings. We also occasionally email material regarding promotions, discounts, updates, products and services if you have consented to this.

Should you wish not to receive such communications or our convenient SMS appointment reminders please advise the administration staff at Physionorth or alternatively follow the ‘unsubscribe’ instructions provided in the communication.

You may gain access to information held about you by this Practice by putting your request in writing. Please attention all such correspondence to the “Practice Director”. Please note a fee may apply. Your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions is considered consent to receive such communications as outlined above however you may opt out at any time. The above is a Summary Statement only, and we strongly encourage you to take the time to read the  Physionorth privacy policy in full.

Exclusion of Liability

The Practice Director and employees of this Practice shall not be liable for, nor shall they accept any responsibility for any injury, loss or damage howsoever sustained by any person or persons arising out of any of the treatments or procedures delivered in this Practice or in any way whatsoever which does not arise from any negligent act or omission of the Practice Director and employees.

 

If you have any queries about these Terms and Conditions, please contact:

The Practice Manager

(07) 47240768

practicemanager@physionorth.com.au

Our vision

What does Physionorth Stand For?

Our Vision is to Empower People to Enjoy Life by Achieving Optimal Health and Movement

Physionorth owner Jaquie started her career in Physiotherapy working at a busy sports and orthopedic practice. She learned a lot in her first few years as a physio, under great mentors, however, became frustrated by short appointment times and the inability to spend time providing effective treatment to her clients. Jaquie enjoys taking the time to get to know her patients and their histories and found shorter appointment times took the effectiveness out of her treatment, as well decreasing the enjoyment of her job.

With this in mind, Jaquie purchased Physionorth in 2008 from founding owner Melissa Hooper (who established Physionorth in 2001), with the aim of setting it apart from the other clinics in Townsville. Her aim was to provide friendly, professional service, with longer appointment times, so that clients felt listened to, could play an active role in their recovery and ultimately get the most out of their physiotherapy treatment. She wanted to provide a clinic where people who had insidious onset pain could get a thorough assessment and treatment plan.

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In the early days of her career, Jaquie enjoyed treating all areas of the body, however, wondered why some patients recovered from local treatment to their area of pain and others did not. She also wanted to find out answers to questions such as ‘Why some people ruptured their ACL’s from non-traumatic events’ and why ‘Some people with disc prolapse or rotator cuff injuries had pain and others did not.’  To answer these questions Jaquie then set out on a professional development journey, taking courses with the likes of Peter O’Sullivan, Barbara Hungerford, and Dr. LJ Lee.

Dr. LJ Lee’s approach really resonated with Jaquie as well as giving her answers to some of her questions, so she signed up to complete the Connect Therapy series with LJ, a year-long journey of learning to assess the whole person from head to toe. LJ’s approach incorporates all aspects of the body and mind and taught Jaquie to find the ‘Driver’ of a person’s pain rather than treat their symptoms.

As a result, Jaquie has been training her staff to look at their patient’s body’s differently- taking into account their stories, history and beliefs, assessing their whole bodies and  doing a thorough assessment of the way they move so they can discover where a patient is ‘breaking down’ in a task and working with patient’s to restore optimal movement patterns.

We have longer appointment times, fortnightly in-services on a range of contemporary topics, excellent support for our therapists and a great reputation. To find out more about employment at Physionorth contact our practice on 0747240768 or email reception@physionorth.com.au.