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Funding Options

Depending on you or your loved one’s unique situation, there are many funding options available. We can step you through everything you need to resource NDIS funding, Medicare, private health cover or workers and motor vehicle accident compensation.


Clients of all ages are welcome to book in a consultation at any time, no referral is needed, and payment can be made with cash or card.

Health Funds

Podiatry care is usually covered under a person’s extras cover in private health insurance policies. We recommend checking with your private health insurance provider prior to the appointment to find out if your level of cover is eligible to receive a rebate. Of course, if you need help with item numbers and our costs, you can phone reception and speak with our friendly reception team.

Northern Rivers Podiatry can do same day claiming Private Health Fund patients through use of our HICAPS terminal.

Public Trustee

Northern Rivers Podiatry accepts payment through Public Trustees.


A Chronic Disease Management Plan is an Australian Commonwealth Government initiative where people with a chronic medical condition may be able to receive Medicare benefits towards the costs of podiatry care to help manage their condition. This was also previously known as the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Program. A referral from your GP (who will determine if you are eligible for the program) is required and all relevant paperwork should be provided to the clinic prior to your initial consultation at Northern Rivers Podiatry.

Patients who have a doctor’s referral sent to Northern Rivers Podiatry through the Chronic Disease Management (CDM)/Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program will be eligible for a rebate on consultation. This means reduced out of pocket costs on this appointment type. Examples of chronic medical conditions for CDM/EPC:

  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Stroke

Please ensure that the referring GP makes the referral out to ‘Northern Rivers Podiatry’ and not individual practitioners. A Medicare rebate is available for up to a maximum of five appointments (or the number of appointments allocated by the referring Doctor ranging from 1 -5 appointments) per calendar year. It is the responsibility of the patient to be aware of how many appointments they have used for other allied health services. If your EPC has expired or the rebate has already been allocated to other service providers e.g., a Physiotherapist, then the standard service fees will apply.


Our Podiatrists are not registered with the NDIS but can still see a range of NDIS patients who are self-managed or plan managed provided they meet the criteria outlined in our NDIS Prerequisite Form. Our Podiatrists have a niche for treating and working with people who have disabilities and our clinical facilities are excellent providing:

  • On-site disability parking in our private carpark
  • Ease of access through our disability friendly clinic
  • Specially equipped disabled toilet facilities.

To book in an initial appointment under the NDIS you must first fill out our Northern Rivers Podiatry NDIS Prerequisite Form and return it to the clinic. For more information, please call us and we’ll help you with our processes. This is so we can help you and participant’s on the NDIS who require our services to get the best foot care.


At Northern Rivers Podiatry we accept patients under workers or motor vehicle accident compensation. Patients attending an initial consult need to have all relevant documentation with them.

To be seen under workers or motor vehicle accident compensation we require a referral from your GP and a letter from the insurance company approving the initial consultation and medical report, otherwise the usual full fee will be required.

Department of Veteran Affairs

White or Gold Card veterans are welcome. At Northern Rivers Podiatry we accept DVA referrals from your GP (doctor). Please have a current D904 form or equivalent and any extra information, reports or medical imaging that may be of benefit and could be used to contribute to a better clinical outcome for you by your Podiatrist.

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