physiotherapy

Do you want to move and feel better?

Through connection and collaboration, together with physiotherapy we will help you to achieve meaningful change. Our team is passionate about improving the health of our wonderful Northcote, Thornbury and inner north community.

We will explore ways to move to live the life you want to live, helping you to engage in fulfilling personal and active endeavours. We love collaboration and are happy to work with your doctor, sports physician, specialists, personal trainers or coach as appropriate.

What to expect at your appointment

During your initial consultation, your physio will guide you through a detailed assessment to understand the cause of your problem. We find the most effective treatment for you, and work through the process with you to achieve full recovery. We will discuss your goals and help you achieve these and get back to what you love doing.

We help with:

  • back pain
  • neck pain
  • hip issues
  • knee issues
  • foot and ankle
  • shoulder pain
  • elbow issues
  • wrist and hand

We spend time with you

We know that if you have complex issues you don’t want to be rushed, so we provide long consult options. Our initial assessments are 45 minutes, with a long assessment option of 1 hour. Our standard appointments are 30 minutes with long consult options of 45 minutes or 1 hour.

We use a range of techniques including hands on, exercise and movement-based therapy. Research shows that exercise is important in recovery from pain or injury. The most important part of an exercise program is your engagement. Please give us lots of feedback so that we can work together to develop a program you can manage, that will be of assistance to you, and hopefully one you’ll enjoy! We believe that everyone deserves to choose their own direction, explore their strengths, and pursue their interests.

Movement as Medicine

We have Pilates and rehabilitation equipment we can use to develop an exercise program tailored for you. Your program can be supervised in our beautiful big gym space, or tailored for you to complete at home, in the gym or wherever you prefer to exercise. Once your condition has settled, we will support you and provide you with strategies to care for yourself. We aim to empower individuals by nurturing and supporting them to grow their knowledge and confidence to maintain better health and prevent recurrences. We will continue to support you for as long as you need.

Whether your goal is to walk the dog or run a marathon, we will get you there

are you ready to improve your health?

Choose your physiotherapist

Emilija Olsen (she/her)

BAppSc, MPhysioPrac

Ante/Post natal, Hypermobility/EDS, Dance and Performing Arts, Dry Needling, General Physio.

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Hazel Parekh (she/her)

BPT, MACP (Musc)

Neck & Back pain, Joint problems, Muscle strains/sprains, Sports injuries & General physio

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Hilary McAdam (she/her)

BSc, MPhysioPrac

Paediatrics, Pilates, Running or Sports injuires, General physio.

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Terry Wesselink (she/her)

BSc (Physio); Post Grad Cert (Pelvic floor); Cert IV TAE

Hypermobility, Chronic Pain, Fatigue, Bladder, Bowel and Pelvic health.

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Daniel Walker (he/him)

BHSc, DPT

Weight lifting/sports injuries & General physio

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Gemma Mollenhauer (she/her)

BPhys (Hons)

Female Athletic Performance & Womens Health, Sports Rehabilitation, Paediatrics and General physio

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frequently asked questions

do I need a referral for physiotherapy?

No referral is needed for Physiotherapy. GPs frequently recommend physiotherapy, but a referral is not needed unless you are receiving funding under a GP management plan, GPMP (or Team Care Arrangement, previously known as an EPC). See the next answer for more details about the GPMP.  

what should I expect in a physiotherapy assessment?

The first question we ask is “What are your aims for physiotherapy?”

We want to work with you in a way that is most helpful for you. Your physiotherapist will take a detailed history, asking you a number of questions about what has been happening for you. They will conduct a thorough assessment of your joints, posture, strength and any specific activities and movements that are relevant to your issue. 

Common management approaches we use:

  • Problem solving around how to best manage your symptoms / issues
  • Sharing exercises that you can do at home so that you can help yourself
  • Hands on treatment to improve your symptoms and mobility
  • Supervised specially tailored exercise with our Pilates equipment to help you build specific strength in a supported environment if you and your physio think this would be helpful for you.

is physiotherapy covered under medicare?

Physiotherapy is only covered under Medicare under a GP management plan, GPMP (or Team Care Arrangement, previously known as an EPC). This is a specific program for people who have a chronic and complex medical condition. It provides a rebate of $57 for up to 5 sessions total per calendar year for allied health services such as Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Podiatry and more. Your GP can tell you if you are eligible for the plan. We have limited bulk billing appointments available for concession card holders.

      can I use my private health insurance?

      The majority of our clients are privately funded. Many have private health insurance which can be claimed on the spot with our HICAPS terminal.

          can I access physio under NDIS, workcover, TAC, DVA

          Yes we are able to bill directly for NDIS,  Workcover, TAC, DVA.

              what should I bring with me / wear

              It is helpful for you to bring any relevant letters or reports regarding your issue or investigations you have had done.  

              Ideally wear clothes that allow you to move and allow the body part you would like addressed to be seen. We have shorts available in case you forget. Avoid dresses for low back pain, collars for neck pain and jeans for knee pain.  

              If you have a foot or running issue, please bring your usual shoes.