Allied Health Referral

When to Access Allied Health Funding

Allied Health Funding is available for Winter Strategy registered patients to access services in situations where it:

  • significantly contributes to decreasing the likelihood of deterioration through the Winter Strategy service delivery period 11 June to 27 September (only), and it
  • is not otherwise available in a clinically accepted time frame ie. through Medicare, private health insurance or other funding sources.

Please see below for a summary of some allied health services that may be relevant to winter patients.

Procedure for Referral and Payment

INITIAL/ONE-OFF TREATMENT: No approval is required for an initial or one off session.  You can refer the patient to the preferred provider using your usual process. PLEASE ENSURE that you:

FOLLOW-UP/MULTIPLE SESSIONS OF TREATMENT: For follow up or multiple sessions first gain approval by submitting the online form (click here to access) which will ask for:

    • the name of the referring GP
    • the provider details
    • a brief rationale for how the treatment will significantly contribute to decreasing the likelihood of deterioration
    • the proposed number of sessions
    • the review date

The turnaround time for approval for ongoing treatment will ensure that proactive care can be planned and facilitated.

Allied health providers then provide the requested service and submit an invoice to NCPHN  for payment using the Winter Strategy ID. 

Allied Health Services that may be relevant to Winter Strategy patients

Physiotherapy

Respiratory – COPD and Asthma – Reducing chest congestion and teaching sputum clearance techniques

Falls prevention

Mobility maintenance

The NNSW LHD provide a comprehensive 8 week Pulmonary Rehabilitation program. You can refer your patient to this free service through Health Pathways https://manc.healthpathways.org.au/index.htm (User Name: manchealth Password: conn3ct3d. Use the search engine on the left hand side of the home page – type in ‘pulmonary rehabilitation’)

Podiatry

Patients with vascular disease and connective tissue or autoimmune diseases with connective tissue effects

Patients who have painful feet that impacts on mobility and balance

Diabetes Educator

Helping to stabilise Diabetic patients who are unstable and insulin dependent.

Psychology

Assisting patients with Depression/Anxiety or any other issues that impact on behavioural change or the ability to manage in their environment

Exercise Physiology

Cardiac Rehabilitation exercise and heart failure

Falls preventions

Mobility maintenance

Exercise prescription for maintaining health and improving functional ability

The NNSW LHD provide a comprehensive 6 week Cardiac Rehabilitation program and other specialised heart failure services. You can refer your patient to these free services through Health Pathways https://manc.healthpathways.org.au/index.htm (User Name: manchealth Password: conn3ct3d. Use the search engine on the left hand side of the home page – type in ‘cardiac rehabilitation services’)

Dietician

Adequate nutrition can be an issue for elderly patients, particularly when living alone, and malnutrition accounts for 40% of hospital admissions. Dieticians are able to help elderly clients by:

·         assessing current diets for adequacy

·         giving advice on better nutrition

·         linking people in with meal delivery services.

Private and public dieticians can be found on Healthpathways https://manc.healthpathways.org.au/index.htm (User Name: manchealth Password: conn3ct3d. Use the search engine on the left hand side of the home page – type in ‘dietician’ and select ‘dietician services) 

Social Worker (SW)

Assistance with unstable living situations and linkages to specific counselling services. While limited SW services are available, patients can access this service for free through the CDM team .

Occupational therapist (OT)

Assistance to design programs and systems (including home modifications) to allow patients to return to work or live better in their community. Patients can access this service free through the CDM team.

For comments or questions about allied health funding please contact Bernadette Carter 6618 5412 or email winter@ncphn.org.au