No. Usually, you don’t need a referral except in the case of insurance claims or for Medicate/Enhanced Primary Care (see links).
Physiotherapists are primary health practitioners so private patients do not need a doctor’s referral. This also means that a physiotherapist can issue a sick leave certificate.
However, many people first see the inside of a physiotherapy clinic as a result of a doctor’s referral or from a hospital following an accident or injury. Your doctor will often work with a physiotherapist to ensure the best possible outcome for your condition, and to support your treatment following release from hospital.
If you are planning on claiming your injury through an insurance company, then it is advisable to see your GP to get a referral to makes claim management easier and reduces claim dispute issues from insurers. If you already have a claim number please bring this and details of your insurer to your initial appointment.
Even if your doctor has given you a referral to see another physiotherapist, you are totally entitled to choose your another – simply bring the referral in with you to your first session and we will let the referring doctor know that you have commenced treatment with us.