Please ensure that if referring for a Specialist consultation that 'Physiotherapy Specialist Assessment' is included in the referral as this is a requirement.
Up to 4 follow-up appointments can be utilised as required but these will be kept to a minimum
The primary aim is to return patients to their current physiotherapist/referring provider for ongoing management
Referring physiotherapists are encouraged to attend the appointment with their patient as able
Please send us the referral and we will contact patients directly to make an appointment where possible within the following 2 weeks.
Patients can be referred for any of the following:
Diagnostic or management review for patients who are not progressing as expected
Short course of management for complex condition
Providing full Assessment, Rehabilitation and Treatment Plans to patients and their referrers
Liaising with referring parties
Providing an appropriate treatment provider (if not currently under the care of a physiotherapist) to implement the treatment and rehabilitation plan
Physiotherapy Specialist ACC Contract
ACC now have a Physiotherapy Specialist contract under a variation to the new Physiotherapy Services contract. This is another world-first for NZ, having also been the first country to recognise and regulate a Physiotherapy Specialist scope of practice under health practitioner licensing regimes, we are now the first country to provide a tiered funding model for Physiotherapy Specialists for ACC clients.
From 1st August 2019, patients with an active and relevant ACC claim who are referred to a Physiotherapy Specialist from a registered health professional are fully funded by ACC. Prior approval from ACC is no longer required providing the referral states that the referral is for a 'Physiotherapy Specialist Assessment and Treatment'.
WHAT DO PHYSIOTHERAPY SPECIALISTS DO?
Physiotherapy Specialists can provide second opinions for other physiotherapists, GPs, surgeons and other health professionals to assist with diagnosis, rehabilitation and treatment planning for their patients. With full funding for ACC clients, physiotherapy specialists can now offer extended assessment and reporting times without the need to charge a co-payment. It is anticipated that this will improve access to specialist services.
Physiotherapy specialists are, first and foremost physiotherapists, which means they understand what physiotherapists do and consider referrals from physiotherapists as a logical progression, rather than a failure of conservative care. Though they will actively treat patients when appropriate, in the majority of cases physiotherapy specialists to return patients to referrers for regular ongoing management where possible, along with specific recommendations for treatment and rehabilitation.
Referring physiotherapists are encouraged to attend the appointment with their patients if they are able. This serves as a professional educational opportunity and may be recorded in CPD records.
HOW DO YOU CONTACT PHYSIOTHERAPY SPECIALISTS?
There are now nine Physiotherapy Specialists in NZ. All Physiotherapy Specialists are happy to be contacted with any questions about Physiotherapy Specialist Services and referrals. All Physiotherapy Specialists are happy to be contacted with any questions about Physiotherapy Specialist Services and referrals – please contact: with any questions.
Specialist Physiotherapists NZ
Auckland: Dr Margie Olds (Musculoskeletal)
Tauranga: Jacinta Horan (Sports)
Taupo: Melissa Davidson (Pelvic Health)
Wellington: Dr Ben Darlow (Musculoskeletal)
Christchurch: Dr Angela Cadogan (Musculoskeletal)
Christchurch: Dr Mark Laslett (Musculoskeletal)
Christchurch: Dr Tracey Pons (Pain)
Dunedin: Dr Steve Tumilty (Musculoskeletal)
Dunedin: Dusty Quinn (Musculoskeletal)