These guidelines should be read in conjunction with the information at Working with the TAC.
Who can provide osteopathy services?
You can provide services if you are registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (e.g. AHPRA) to practice in the osteopathy profession (other than as a student).
What we can pay for
Within the first 90 days of a client’s accident, we can help pay for osteopathy without the need for you or the client to contact us for approval first. The treatment or service must be recommended by a health professional, related to the client’s accident injuries and delivered in line with the Clinical Framework.
If you intend to continue treating a TAC client beyond 90 days after their transport accident you must complete an Allied Health Treatment and Recovery Plan to request further approval. We will review our client’s treatment to ensure it’s reasonable, clinically justified, outcome focused and in line with the Clinical Framework. We will assess your request and let you and the client know our decision about what we can help pay for and for how long.
If our client has not received treatment in 6 months they will need to seek approval from us before we will pay for further treatment. Ask our client for a copy of their approval if you haven’t seen them in 6 months.
For details see What we can pay for and How to seek TAC approval.
We can help pay for:
- Osteopathy consultations.
- Monitoring and evaluating gym/swim programs.
- The assessment, recommendation and supply of external orthoses.
- Provision of basic equipment. Our approval is required for specialised equipment. Please read our Medical and rehabilitation equipment guidelines and use the Equipment Prescription Form to submit written requests.
Other things to note
Certificates of Capacity
As part of your patient’s treatment, you can complete Certificates of Capacity to assess and certify your patient’s capacity for work.
Concurrent allied health treatments are not generally recommended to treat the same injury. This is line with the principles of the Clinical Framework. There can be some exceptions, such as group exercise.
If you or your patient believe concurrent allied health treatments are necessary, please contact us to discuss their needs.
For accidents that occurred prior to 14 February 2018 a medical excess may apply. Visit the medical excess page to see if it applies to your patient. If the medical excess applies you will need to invoice the client directly.
Patients with a severe injury
If your patient has a severe injury, the discussion, referral and approval of services may form part of the independence planning process between the patient's treating team and our TAC coordinator.
If your patient already has an individualised funding package, osteopathy services may be included as part of that.
How much we can pay
We can pay for services in line with our Osteopathy fees.
If your fee is higher than our fee, you may choose to charge the client the difference in the form of a gap payment.
What we cannot pay for
We cannot pay for services that are included as part of a hospital inpatient bed fee.
Also see general items we cannot pay for.
For more information
Access our policy for Allied health and physical therapies.