Assessments & Treatment Consultations

At your initial consultation questions will be asked about your lifestyle, diet, medical and surgical history, current medications and your current problem. Please bring x rays, scans or doctors reports. You will generally need to remove some clothing to be treated. a gown will be supplied for women.

Osteopathy uses the sense of touch to assess the spine, joints, muscles, and tendons.

The initial consultation will take 30-45 minutes. Following this you will be given advice on on various ways to manage your pain with mobilisation, stretching, heat/cold and pain relief, along with a ongoing treatment plan.


Initial Consultation

Examination to form a diagnosis and proposed plan of treatment. Treatment may be performed at initial consultations.

Hicaps Available

45 mins


Return Consultation

Treatment and ongoing assessment of ailment to assist recovery or mobility.

Hicaps Available

30 mins


Student/Pensioner Consultations

Please advise and present appropriate documentation in support of this service.

Hicaps Available

30 mins


Running Gate Analysis

All Consultations

Specialist assessment focussed on improving running deficiencies and injury prevention. 

Hicaps Available

1 hour $125.00

Movement Assessment and Rehabilitation

All Consultations

Professional osteopathic based assessment and rehabilitation service.

Hicaps Available

1 hour $100.00

Consultation FAQs

Whether it's an initial or your fifteenth osteopathic consultation, you can be rest assured you're in safe hands with Osteopath Pat and any member of his team. As a seasoned and experienced practitioner and business owner Pat understands the patient always come first. Every consultation is conducted under expert guidance and follows the guidelines of Osteopathy Australia.

In Australia, all osteopaths complete a minimum of five years university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems. All university graduates hold either a double Bachelors or Masters qualification. Osteopaths are required, by law, to maintain ongoing professional development and education every year to stay in practice. In Australia, all osteopaths are required to be government registered practitioners.

Do I need a referral to see an osteopath?

No, you don't need a referral to see an osteopath. They are primary health care practitioners, which means all you need to do is call to make an appointment.

How long will my appointment take?

Your initial osteopathic consultation will take 45 minutes. (It is advisable to arrive a little early for your first appointment, as you will need to fill out some paperwork. You will also be asked to sign a general consent form, but you will have the opportunity to consider and consent (or not) to specific treatment in the consultation).

Subsequent consultations take approximately 30 minutes.

What happens during my first appointment?

Your osteopath will firstly take a detailed medical history from you. This will be then followed by a systematic physical examination, functional movement assessment and palpation. Your osteopath will then discuss with you their diagnosis. Following this  treatment plan will then be outlined. Treatment may include soft tissue massage, gentle joint manipulation and articulation, stretching and dry needling. Osteopaths place a big importance on advise about exercise and self-management strategies. This will be done at the end of your treatment.

Please be advised initial consultation will take 45 minutes. It is advisable to arrive early for your first appointment, as you will need to fill out some paperwork. You will also be asked to sign a general consent form, but you will have the opportunity to consider and consent (or not) to specific treatment in the consultation.

What should I wear to my appointment?

Osteopathy is a 'hands on' medicine, so you will most likely be asked to remove certain items of clothing (e.g. tops and trousers) depending on the location of your presenting complaint.


It's recommended you wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move around. Gowns are also available.

Do I need to bring X rays?

Yes, please bring with you x-rays, ultrasounds, CT and MRI scans and reports or any other test results to your first osteopathic consultation.

Is osteopathic treatment painful?

Most osteopathic treatment is gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will aim to make you as comfortable as possible. There are techniques which may cause some short term discomfort or pain. You may experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases significantly, call your osteopath to discuss your concerns.

Is osteopathic treatment covered by Medicare and private health insurance?

People with 'extras' cover as part of their private health insurance are able to claim a portion of their treatment costs. The Back to Health centre has HICAPS facility so people with private health are able to claim on the spot and only pay for the remaining gap. Osteopathic treatment is not covered by Medicare unless you are on an Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDMP). This is managed and provided by your GP. Consult your osteopath or GP for further information.

Missed appointments and late cancellations 

All consultations and sessions

Please give the centre 12 hours notice if cancelling appointment. Otherwise a $40.00 fee will be incurred.

Missed/forgotten appointments will be charged at $90.00