Acupuncture

Acupuncture

What does an acupuncturist do?

Acupuncture, part of traditional Chinese medicine, involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the skin or applying various other techniques to the acupuncture points.

How do I find an acupuncturist?

Find an acupuncturist you want to see, let them know you are a TAC client and arrange an appointment.

Your acupuncturist must be:

  • registered as a Chinese medicine practitioner in the Division of Acupuncturists under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, or
  • endorsed under section 97 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law as being qualified to practice as an acupuncturist (for example by the Chiropractic, Osteopathy or Physiotherapy Boards of Australia).

Will the TAC pay for my acupuncture?

Yes, we will pay for the acupuncture you need as a result of your transport accident injuries.

There’s no need to contact us for approval first – all you need to do is give your acupuncturist your TAC claim number. They will bill us for your treatment.

If you do need to pay for your own acupuncture treatment, keep your receipt and send a copy to us using myTAC. We will repay you.

How much will the TAC pay for my treatment?

We will pay for your treatment and services according to our fee schedule. If your acupuncturist charges more than the TAC rate, you may need to pay the difference.

For a list of TAC rates, see: Acupuncture payment rates.

How long will the TAC pay for my treatment?

We’ll pay for your acupuncture treatment for as long as it helps your injuries.

We’ll keep in touch with you and your acupuncturist to see how your treatment is going and make sure you’re getting the help you need.

What the TAC won’t pay for

We cannot pay for other treatment such as Chinese herbal medicine. We will only pay for acupuncture treatment.

Chinese Medicine Practitioners (Acupuncture)

Effective 1 July 2017

Registered for GST
Service DescriptionTAC Item Number 2017/18
Maximum Payment Rate
Initial ConsultationA600$55.57
Standard ConsultationA602$45.41
Completion of Acupuncture Treatment Questionnaire (when requested by the TAC)A650*$49.85
Registered for GST
Service DescriptionTAC Item Number 2016/17
Maximum Payment Rate
Initial ConsultationA600$54.76
Standard ConsultationA602$44.75
Completion of Acupuncture Treatment Questionnaire (when requested by the TAC)A650*$49.12
Not Registered for GST
Service DescriptionTAC Item Number2017/18
Maximum Payment Rate
2016/17
Maximum Payment Rate
Standard Consultation   
Completion of Acupuncture Treatment Questionnaire (when requested by the TAC)AGF650$45.31$44.65

General reimbursement form

Summary:

This form can be used to claim general expenses. Itemised, original receipts must accompany the completed form.  Please note there are separate forms for claiming costs related to travel, accommodation, pharmacy, home services and medical excess.

There are two ways to get reimbursed:

  • Online
    The quickest and easiest way to get reimbursed is online. Simply log in to myTAC and send us a copy of your receipts. We will then transfer your reimbursement to your bank account.
    If you haven’t already, register for myTAC here or download the app to your mobile device
  • Post
    Please fill in the form below, attach your original receipts and post to Transport Accident Commission, Reply Paid 2751, Melbourne, Vic 3001

Are your bank details up to date?
The easiest way to keep your bank account details up to date is online. Simply log in to myTAC to update your details.

If you haven’t already, register for myTAC here or download the app to your mobile device to use myTAC.

If you prefer, you can also update your details by completing the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Authority form for TAC clients or by calling us on 1300 654 329.


Travel expense declaration form

Summary:

This form is to be used when claiming reimbursement for travel (i.e. private vehicle, public transport and/or taxi) expenses to attend: medical treatment for accident injuries; medical examinations arranged by the TAC; approved rehabilitation or disability services; or work, if you are participating in a formal Return to Work program.

There are two ways to get reimbursed:

  • Online
    The quickest and easiest way to get reimbursed is online. Simply log in to myTAC and send us a copy of your receipt. We will then transfer your reimbursement to your bank account.
    If you haven’t already, register for myTAC here or download the app to your mobile device
  • Post
    Please fill in the form below, attach your original receipts and post to Transport Accident Commission, Reply Paid 2751, Melbourne, Vic 3001

Are your bank details up to date?
The easiest way to keep your bank account details up to date is online. Simply log in to myTAC to update your details.

If you haven’t already, register for myTAC here or download the app to your mobile device to use myTAC.

If you prefer, you can also update your details by completing the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Authority form for TAC clients or by calling us on 1300 654 329.


Allied Health and Physical Therapies

Allied health and physical therapies

We’re here to help you get your life back on track after your transport accident. To help you recover from your transport accident injuries we will pay for these allied health physical therapies:

  • physiotherapy
  • osteopathy
  • chiropractic
  • acupuncture
  • podiatry
  • exercise physiology

What do allied health physical therapists do?

Allied health physical therapists use their special skills and areas of expertise to diagnose and treat your transport accident injuries. They can also recommend equipment that may help you.

For more information on what each therapist does, see:

TAC approved treatment

Allied health and physical therapies are a TAC approved service. This means we will pay for you to see an allied health physical therapist after your accident. There’s no need to contact us for approval.

Other services you can access

Your allied health physical therapist will develop a treatment plan for you that could include:

  • Diagnostic tests to determine the best treatment for your injuries
  • A gym or swimming program
  • A referral for an exercise physiologist to oversee your gym or swimming program.
  • Equipment you need such as braces and supports. See our Equipment Policy.

We will pay for these services when they are recommended by your physical therapist and part of your treatment plan.

When it's needed, we will also work with your treating team to help them coordinate the physical therapies you need.

We may contact your physical therapist to talk about your progress or ask for an assessment, to make sure that:

  • You have access to appropriate treatment and support required for your transport accident injuries
  • You are getting proven, evidence-based treatment and not receiving treatment that isn’t helping you recover
  • You are moving towards getting your life back on track and being able to live independently.

How treatments and services are paid for

We pay for your treatment:

  • Directly to your physiotherapist, when you have given them your TAC claim number, or
  • If you have to pay, use myTAC to send a copy of your receipt to us and we will repay you.

We pay for your services in line with our responsibilities under the Transport Accident Act 1986.

How much we will pay

We will pay for your treatment and services according to our fee schedule. If your provider charges more than the TAC rate, you may need to pay the difference. For a list of TAC rates, see:

For accidents that happened before 14 February 2018, we can only pay for these services once any required medical excess has been reached. Find out if the medical excess applies to you.

Treatments and services that are not covered

We can’t pay for services that:

  • Do not treat your transport accident injuries.
  • Are not reasonable, necessary or appropriate.
  • Are not clinically justified, safe and effective.

For providers

If you are a provider of physical therapies, please refer to our TAC Provider Guidelines.