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Private health insurers have made changes to the eligibility of many healthcare services following a Federal Department of Health decision to exclude ‘natural therapies’ due to a lack of scientific evidence.Go to this link for more information:

These changes come into effect from April 1 this year.

While the overall savings from these changes will be tiny compared with the millions of dollars spent on potentially unnecessary surgery, they do not affect the services we deliver at Pondera.

Pilates, as an exercise form, has been included as part of the grouping ‘natural therapies’, but the Australian Physiotherapy Association has successfully advocated for the industry, and health funds will continue to provide rebates for suitably structured Physiotherapy, Group Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology services that may use exercises known as Pilates type exercises.

To quote from the department media release “The Department considers that an insurer may lawfully pay benefits if a physiotherapist, providing services to a patient within the accepted scope of clinical practice, uses exercises or techniques drawn from Pilates as part of that patient’s treatment as long as the exercises or techniques are within the accepted scope of clinical practice.”

A hallmark of Pondera’s Rehabilitation &Performance studio services is individual assessment, tailored exercise design, continuous monitoring and timely progression towards your individual goals. The health fund changes only lend further credibility to our standard of service which is individualised, client-centred and evidence-informed care.

We look forward to seeing you back in the studio soon and continuing your tailor-made care program with us.


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