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DHB-funded physiotherapy treatment

Physio treating elderly manIf you have an injury or condition that affects your muscles, joints or bones, your GP may refer you to a local private physiotherapy clinic for treatment.

Some people can get funded treatment from the Canterbury DHB. To be eligible, you need to meet all these criteria:

The process

If you meet all these criteria, your GP will send an electronic referral to the local physiotherapy clinic after discussing it with you. The clinic will then contact you to arrange your first appointment. If you haven't heard from the clinic within a week, please call them directly.

At your first appointment, you'll need to complete a consent form and paperwork. If you need an interpreter, the physio will arrange this for free. The interpreter will be on speakerphone during your appointment.

The funding covers a limited number of treatments over three to six months. If you can’t attend an appointment, please contact the clinic to cancel it. If you don't attend and don't cancel, part of your funding may be used to cover the clinic's costs.

Your physiotherapist will give you exercises to do at home to ensure you get the best possible result. If you have any concerns between your appointments, please contact your physiotherapist directly.

Once you've finished the treatment, your GP will receive a brief report, which will include information about how you've progressed.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed March 2022.

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