How do I make a booking?

It is easy, there are three ways you could make a booking:

  1. You may be able to do this at your Drs surgery
  2. Call 1300 883755 to talk to our reception staff
  3. Click the online booking tab, top right of the screen

What is a GP Management Plan?

Under the Medicare scheme your local GP can coordinate a health care plan to manage any chronic condition that requires health care providers such as Physiotherapist, Exercise Physiologists and Dietitians.

A ‘chronic medical condition’ is one that has been or is likely to be present for at least six months. Including but not limited to asthma, cancer, COPD, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, musculoskeletal conditions and stroke. If applicable for a chronic disease management plan you will receive Medicare benefits to help cover allied health services to help manage your condition.

Some examples include:

  • Lower back disc injuries
  • Patients with high cholesterol and high blood pressure

How hard should I exercise?

Many people walk regularly at a comfortable pace, are not really tired and don’t feel as though they are puffing much or exerting themselves. If you are comfortable with the exercise you are performing, your body does not need to adapt and improve. It is important to add in some higher intensity exercise to gain better health benefits.

An Exercise Physiologist will educate you on how hard you need to go and how you can monitor your home exercise sessions to make sure you are doing the right thing. Think of them as the Doctors of exercise who prescribe movement instead of pills.

What does a low carbohydrate diet do to your body?

Low carbohydrate diets are often promoted for weight loss. You may have heard of the Atkins diet, which is based on this method. Low carbohydrate diets are often recommended due to the myth that carbohydrates are responsible for weight gain. This is misleading because overall excessive intake in calories/ kilojoules from any food source including protein, fat and carbohydrates promotes weight gain.

Vital organs such as the brain, central nervous system and kidneys rely on carbohydrates as their only energy source. A low carbohydrate diet causes the body to go into a state called ketosis in which it is unable to get energy from carbohydrate, and instead uses existing fat stores as a source of energy.

Some low carbohydrate diets are of concern because; they encourage increased intake of fat including saturated fat; lead to deficiencies in fibre, vitamins and minerals; and high protein intake, which is usually not recommended for people with kidney or renal disease. It can also cause metabolic changes and be dangerous for some people including those with diabetes.

Research suggests low carbohydrate diets may be effective in short term weight loss but not for long term weight loss or weight maintenance.

What type of shoes should I wear?

The type of shoe is highly dependant on the individual, but generally, an enclosed, sturdy shoe with laces are favourable. Shoe laces are an excellent feature in footwear as they allow the shoe to be adjusted. A ‘sturdy’ shoe should be one which consists of a strong heel counter, not to much torsional flexibility, a firm but not rigid sole and dorsiflexion movement at the toes.

A ‘sturdy’ shoe should be one which consists of a strong heel counter, not to much torsional flexibility, a firm but not rigid sole and dorsiflexion movement at the toes. If you have any queries please email us or make a booking with the podiatrist by going to the homepage and clicking “Online Booking”.