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Podiatry

We can pay for this treatment immediately after your transport accident. You don't need to contact us for initial approval.

We may contact you or your provider to check your progress and see if you are getting the support you need. This will help us make sure your treatment is helping your recovery. It will allow us to make decisions about what treatment we can pay for and how long we can pay for it.

How to get podiatry treatment

  1. If it’s been more than 6 months since you had any treatment paid for by the TAC, call us to find out if we can pay for more treatment
  2. Choose a podiatrist. Your doctor can recommend one in your local area or you can search for a podiatrist online.
  3. Call and make an appointment. Tell them you are a TAC client. Ask if they charge at TAC rates. If the provider charges more, they may ask you for a 'gap payment' to make up the difference
  4. Go to your appointment and give the provider your TAC claim number.

How to pay for treatment

In most cases, we will pay your provider . If you have to pay, scan or take a photo of your receipt. Send it to us with the ‘Upload documents’ button on myTAC, or by email to info@tac.vic.gov.au and we will repay you.

We will pay for your treatment at the TAC rate. If your provider charges more than the TAC rate, you may need to pay the difference. This is known as a 'gap payment'. If you need to pay a gap, you may be able to recover some of the cost through Medicare or private health insurance.

What does a podiatrist do?

Podiatrists are experts in assessing, diagnosing and managing foot and ankle conditions. After an accident, they can help treat foot injuries and help with feet use and movement.

Podiatry services fee schedule

Effective 1 July 2019

For Podiatry services provided on or after 1 July 2019
Service DescriptionTAC Item NumberMaximum
Payment
Rate
In Room Consultations
Initial consultation F002$60.64
Standard consultation – up to 30 minutesF012$48.52
Long consultation – 31 to 45 minutesF014$72.66
Prolonged consultation – 46 minutes and aboveF016$96.90
Out of Rooms Consultations
Initial consultation F023$84.83
Standard consultation – up to 30 minutesF033$72.66
Long consultation – 31 to 45 minutes F034$96.90
Prolonged consultationF035$120.97
Biomechanical Examination
Biomechanical Assessment (includes F111, F114, F117)F118$170.44
Items F101, F104, F111, F114, F115, F116, F117, F121, F141, F142, F145, F147, F148, F163, F361 to be charged as per consultations.
ORTHOMECHANICAL SERVICES & PROCEDURES (NB: Prior TAC approval required for these services)
Impressions and Models
Negative impression cast – footF301$72.27
Negative impression cast – foot & lower 1/3 of legF303$88.54
Prescription Orthoses
Ankle-foot orthosisF201$515.59
Orthodigital traction deviceF211$141.01
Custom moulded thermoplastic orthosis (including cast and posting)F221$261.93
Heel stabiliser, made to plaster modelF227$147.47
Cushioning orthosisF261$46.06
Pressure relief orthosisF263$113.10
Custom moulded thermoplastic orthosis (including cast and accommodating)F265$173.69
Moulded thermoplastic orthosis – non castF267$131.15
Heel liftF269$37.84
Interior shoe paddingF271$37.84
Protective deviceF341 
Prefabricated Orthoses
Heel stabiliserF229$80.37
Pre-moulded or pre-formed orthosisF240$131.15
Orthoses Modification and Repairs
Orthosis repair – not otherwise specified  F231*$54.29
Orthosis repair – plain          F381*$32.77
Orthosis cover – with soft tissue supplementF383$47.65
Orthosis post – forefoot or rear footF385$28.08
Prosthetic Devices
Simple digital or partial prosthesisF351$141.01
Splints
Dennis Browne splintF281 $166.98
Galley splintF282 $219.45
Counter Rotation systemF283 $633.24
Immobilisation splint, thermoplastic, plaster, or other; below kneeF311 $155.70
Immobilisation splint, thermoplastic, plaster, or other; ankle/footF312 $127.75
Immobilisation splint, thermoplastic, plaster, or other; above kneeF315 $191.76
Traction and training devices (eg. HAV splints)F331 
FOOTWEAR – F008, F025, F019 & F037 to be charged as consultations
PODIATRIC SURGERY (NB: Prior TAC approval required for these services)
Foreign body removal (subcutaneous)F429# $199.64
Foreign body removal (deep to deep fascia)F430 $423.80
Avulsion of toenailF440# $155.70
Excision, benign lesionF445# $322.75
Excision nail and/or nail matrix, partial, for permanent removalF474 $370.30
Excision nail and/or nail matrix, complete, for permanent removalF475 $514.66
Excision or plastic correction of peri-ungual tissueF476 $307.88
Linear repairF492 $165.34
Adjacent tissue transferF502 $550.57
Nail root and matrix resection with matrix sterilisation (single edge)F546# $188.01
Nail root and matrix resection with matrix sterilisation (total nail)F547# $337.33
Incision of soft tissue abscess (superficial)F561# $46.80
Incision of soft tissue abscess (deep or complicated)F562 $299.40
Percutaneous tenotomyF678 $289.05
Open tenotomyF687 $350.30
Capsulotomy or arthrotomy (exploration, drainage, or dislocation reduction) F689 $497.48
Ligament / capsular repair (digital)F692 $497.48
Ligament / capsular repair (mid foot / rear foot)F694 $889.90
Plantar fasciotomyF698 $821.39
Plantar fasciectomyF699 $821.39
Neurectomy of peripheral nerveF702 $659.16
Neurolysis of peripheral nerveF703 $602.05
Excision of cyst or small ganglionF704 $395.69
TenosynovectomyF705 $577.81
Tendon transfer or transplantation (forefoot insertion)F750 $700.29
Tendon transfer or transplantation (rear foot insertion)F752 $811.41
Tenoplasty (digital insertion)F755 $350.30
Tenoplasty (mid foot insertion)F757 $639.66
Tenoplasty (rear foot insertion)F759 $775.45
Excision or curettage of bone cyst or benign tumour (forefoot)F712 $722.30
Excision or curettage of bone cyst or benign tumour (rear foot)F713 $722.30
Primary metatarsal osteectomyF715 $722.30
Lesser metatarsal osteectomyF716 $722.30
Lesser tarsal osteectomyF720 $722.30
Tarsal osteectomyF721 $722.30
Phalangeal osteectomyF725 $562.87
Digital resection (supernumerary or other)F728 $438.74
Tarsal resectionF733 $722.30
Excision of accessory ossicle (partial or total)F736 $633.21
Digital arthroplastyF739 $350.43
Metatarsophalangeal arthroplastyF742 $947.97
Excision of tarsal coalitionF791 $1,002.39
Primary metatarsal osteotomy (distal)F782 $1,048.66
Primary metatarsal osteotomy (proximal)F783 $1,133.55
Lesser metatarsal osteotomy (distal)F784 $893.25
Lesser metatarsal osteotomy (proximal)F785 $893.25
Phalangeal osteotomyF786 $893.25
Tarsal osteotomyF787 $1,133.55
Insertion of internal fixationF793 $246.03
Removal of buried wire or screwF794 $283.20
Removal of buried plate or rodF795 $469.69
Metatarsophalangeal arthrodesisF852 $1,029.21
Tarso-metatarsal arthrodesisF854 $1,029.21
Interphalangeal arthrodesisF856 $451.60
Tarsal arthrodesisF857 $1,313.40
Ankle arthrodesisF858 $1,313.40
Subtalar arthroereisisF860 $1,470.44
Bone graft harvestF862 $532.75
Bone graft insertionF863 $770.51
External fixation device for distraction, rotation or angular correction osteotomyF872 
Open reduction internal fixation forefootF873 $532.75
Open reduction internal fixation rear footF874 $1,074.31
ArthroscopyF884 $929.15

Fees for podiatry services performed within a public hospital will be based on the Department of Human Services schedule of fees and charges for acute health services in Victoria. Refer to www.health.vic.gov.au/feesman.

# Procedures which can be performed by a Podiatrist or a Podiatric Surgeon. All other surgical procedures will only be considered when performed by a Fellow of the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons.

For Podiatry services provided between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019
Service DescriptionTAC Item NumberMaximum
Payment
Rate
In Room Consultations
Initial consultation  F002 $59.42
Standard consultation – up to 30 minutes F012 $47.54
Long consultation – 31 to 45 minutes F014 $71.20
Prolonged consultation – 46 minutes and above F016 $94.96
Out of Rooms Consultations
Initial consultation  F023 $83.12
Standard consultation – up to 30 minutes F033 $71.20
Long consultation – 31 to 45 minutes  F034 $94.96
Prolonged consultation F035 $118.54
Biomechanical Examination
Biomechanical Assessment (includes F111, F114, F117) F118 $167.01
Items F101, F104, F111, F114, F115, F116, F117, F121, F141, F142, F145, F147, F148, F163, F361 to be charged as per consultations.
ORTHOMECHANICAL SERVICES & PROCEDURES (NB: Prior TAC approval required for these services)
Impressions and Models
Negative impression cast – foot F301 $70.82
Negative impression cast – foot & lower 1/3 of leg F303 $86.76
Prescription Orthoses
Ankle-foot orthosis F201 $505.23
Orthodigital traction device F211 $138.18
Custom moulded thermoplastic orthosis (including cast and posting) F221 $256.67
Heel stabiliser, made to plaster model F227 $144.50
Cushioning orthosis F261 $45.13
Pressure relief orthosis F263 $110.82
Custom moulded thermoplastic orthosis (including cast and accommodating) F265 $170.20
Moulded thermoplastic orthosis – non cast F267 $128.51
Heel lift F269 $37.08
Interior shoe padding F271 $37.08
Protective device F341  
Prefabricated Orthoses
Heel stabiliser F229 $78.76
Pre-moulded or pre-formed orthosis F240 $128.51
Orthoses Modification and Repairs
Orthosis repair – not otherwise specified   F231* $53.19
Orthosis repair – plain           F381* $32.12
Orthosis cover – with soft tissue supplement F383 $46.70
Orthosis post – forefoot or rear foot F385 $27.52
Prosthetic Devices
Simple digital or partial prosthesis F351 $138.18
Splints
Dennis Browne splint F281 $163.62
Galley splint F282 $215.04
Counter Rotation system F283 $620.52
Immobilisation splint, thermoplastic, plaster, or other; below knee F311 $152.58
Immobilisation splint, thermoplastic, plaster, or other; ankle/foot F312 $125.18
Immobilisation splint, thermoplastic, plaster, or other; above knee F315 $187.91
Traction and training devices (eg. HAV splints) F331  
FOOTWEAR – F008, F025, F019 & F037 to be charged as consultations
PODIATRIC SURGERY (NB: Prior TAC approval required for these services)
Foreign body removal (subcutaneous) F429# $195.63
Foreign body removal (deep to deep fascia) F430 $415.29
Avulsion of toenail F440# $152.58
Excision, benign lesion F445# $316.27
Excision nail and/or nail matrix, partial, for permanent removal F474 $362.86
Excision nail and/or nail matrix, complete, for permanent removal F475 $504.32
Excision or plastic correction of peri-ungual tissue F476 $301.70
Linear repair F492 $162.02
Adjacent tissue transfer F502 $539.51
Nail root and matrix resection with matrix sterilisation (single edge) F546# $184.23
Nail root and matrix resection with matrix sterilisation (total nail) F547# $330.55
Incision of soft tissue abscess (superficial) F561# $45.86
Incision of soft tissue abscess (deep or complicated) F562 $293.39
Percutaneous tenotomy F678 $283.24
Open tenotomy F687 $343.26
Capsulotomy or arthrotomy (exploration, drainage, or dislocation reduction)  F689 $487.49
Ligament / capsular repair (digital) F692 $487.49
Ligament / capsular repair (mid foot / rear foot) F694 $872.02
Plantar fasciotomy F698 $804.89
Plantar fasciectomy F699 $804.89
Neurectomy of peripheral nerve F702 $645.92
Neurolysis of peripheral nerve F703 $589.96
Excision of cyst or small ganglion F704 $387.74
Tenosynovectomy F705 $566.20
Tendon transfer or transplantation (forefoot insertion) F750 $686.22
Tendon transfer or transplantation (rear foot insertion) F752 $795.11
Tenoplasty (digital insertion) F755 $343.26
Tenoplasty (mid foot insertion) F757 $626.81
Tenoplasty (rear foot insertion) F759 $759.87
Excision or curettage of bone cyst or benign tumour (forefoot) F712 $707.79
Excision or curettage of bone cyst or benign tumour (rear foot) F713 $707.79
Primary metatarsal osteectomy F715 $707.79
Lesser metatarsal osteectomy F716 $707.79
Lesser tarsal osteectomy F720 $707.79
Tarsal osteectomy F721 $707.79
Phalangeal osteectomy F725 $551.57
Digital resection (supernumerary or other) F728 $429.92
Tarsal resection F733 $707.79
Excision of accessory ossicle (partial or total) F736 $620.49
Digital arthroplasty F739 $343.39
Metatarsophalangeal arthroplasty F742 $928.93
Excision of tarsal coalition F791 $982.26
Primary metatarsal osteotomy (distal) F782 $1,027.59
Primary metatarsal osteotomy (proximal) F783 $1,110.78
Lesser metatarsal osteotomy (distal) F784 $875.30
Lesser metatarsal osteotomy (proximal) F785 $875.30
Phalangeal osteotomy F786 $875.30
Tarsal osteotomy F787 $1,110.78
Insertion of internal fixation F793 $241.08
Removal of buried wire or screw F794 $277.51
Removal of buried plate or rod F795 $460.26
Metatarsophalangeal arthrodesis F852 $1,008.54
Tarso-metatarsal arthrodesis F854 $1,008.54
Interphalangeal arthrodesis F856 $442.53
Tarsal arthrodesis F857 $1,287.02
Ankle arthrodesis F858 $1,287.02
Subtalar arthroereisis F860 $1,440.90
Bone graft harvest F862 $522.05
Bone graft insertion F863 $755.03
External fixation device for distraction, rotation or angular correction osteotomy F872  
Open reduction internal fixation forefoot F873 $522.05
Open reduction internal fixation rear foot F874 $1,052.73
Arthroscopy F884 $910.49

Fees for podiatry services performed within a public hospital will be based on the Department of Human Services schedule of fees and charges for acute health services in Victoria. Refer to www.health.vic.gov.au/feesman.

# Procedures which can be performed by a Podiatrist or a Podiatric Surgeon. All other surgical procedures will only be considered when performed by a Fellow of the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons.

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

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

You can get this treatment immediately after your transport accident without initial approval from the TAC.

If it’s been more than 6 months since you had any treatment or service paid for by the TAC, you need to call us to find out if we can pay for this treatment.

When we can pay for allied health and physical therapies

We will pay for this treatment when it’s recommended by your doctor or other health professional.

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

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

Treatments and services we can’t pay for

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.

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:

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.

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 (with the exception of Exercise Physiology) once any required medical excess has been reached. Find out if the medical excess applies to you.

For providers

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