Do I need a referral?

Referrals are generally not required to access podiatry treatment. Your GP may however specifically refer you to a podiatrist for a condition they are treating you for. There are also a limited number of circumstances that require you obtain a referral from your GP prior to treatment, as follows:

  • Veterans holding Department of Veterans’ Affairs gold cards
  • Veterans holding Department of Veterans’ Affairs white card – where the referral specifies the injury and treatment required. White card holders require prior approval of podiatry treatment
  • Individuals participating in the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC) with chronic and complex medical needs which are managed by their GP
  • Individuals receiving treatment as a result of an injury occurring in their course of their employment, i.e. Work Cover.