A lightweight, clean pair of shorts and t-shirt are fine initially but water suitable clothing such as bathers/board shorts/sunshirts are preferable. We can discuss options after your initial appointment.
Yes. The Hydrotherapy Pool at Palm Beach is indoors and heated to 34°C which is considered thermoneutral (does not increase you core body temperature). This is ideal for performing light to moderate intensity exercise. There is also an indoor learn to swim pool that is heated to 30°C and outdoor Olympic lap pool on site.
Yes, there are male and female change rooms and a disabled change room with a shower and toilet. Most clients wear their bathers under their clothes when coming for treatment then rinse and change afterwards. The showers in the pool area are for rinsing only as soap/shampoo is not permitted to be used in this area however there are other showers near the squash courts for full showering.
The initial consultation is 60min and subsequent treatments are 30min.
During the first session, we will ask you to fill out a screening sheet to ensure that it is safe for you to exercise in a hydrotherapy pool. If you arrive 10 min before your appointment time, this can be completed. We will then assess you on land and in the water and start to work out what movement/exercise strategies are most appropriate for you. The first session is 1 hour long and is more about us getting to know you and developing a relationship with you.
Each person receives individual, hands-on treatment and instruction to assist them in reaching their goals. We are in the water with you at all times. Once you are safe and confident with your program/exercises, you can attend independently and just pay reception for your entry.
The pool has rails all around the edges and ranges in depth from 1.1m to 1.4m so even at the deepest point; most people can still touch the ground. We will be in the pool with you and certainly stay very close until you feel more confident. As aprt of our assessment we will assess your water safety and swimming ability to determine your suitability to attend alone or move into a class situation.
There is a ramp with rails into the pool so if you are on crutches you can use the rails to help you down the ramp. If in a wheelchair, there are water wheelchairs that if you transfer into, we can wheel down the ramp. A hoist is available if necessary.
You will need to bring a carer with you to assist.
Fees vary depending whether a person is seen individually or in a group.
Pensioners and Health Care Card holders receive a discount and we always endeavour to keep our fees affordable for our clients.
All fees include a $6 entry/pool use fee charged by the pool so it is not necessary to pay an entrance fee at reception when you are seeing us.
Please contact us so that we can provide you with more information and discuss your individual needs and circumstances.
Yes. Veterans just need a referral from their doctor. Those clients with an EPC (Extended Primary Care) Plan completed by their Doctor are eligible to claim a rebate from Medicare for up to 5 sessions per year from the date of your first session. This is for patients with chronic or complex conditions and patients must have a plan completed by their GP prior to starting physiotherapy and have the name of the company or therapist doing the treatment on the plan. If you are unsure of your eligibility, speak to your GP. We do not bulk bill and ask for payment at the time of the consultation however you can then claim online or take your receipt to Medicare to claim the rebate.
Most health funds provide the same rebate as if you are having physiotherapy on land (individual sessions). If you attend a class, your rebate is usually less. Unfortunately we do not have HICAPS facilities at the pool but a receipt will be given so a claim can be made with your fund.
Once you are safe and confident with your program, you can attend the pool independently. Palm Beach Hydrotherapy pool is a public facility and you just pay the entrance fee at reception.
You can wear your glasses in the pool, as usually you will not be putting your head under water, however we recommend you remove your hearing aids.
This is a general list so please call us if you have any queries.
The hydrotherapy pool at Palm Beach is an excellent design and caters for all levels of ability so we prefer to use this venue. Travel to other hydrotherapy pools requires a minimum of 4 bookings and is by appointment only. Private sessions in home pools may be possible but must be deemed as safe.