Frequently asked questions: referrers and assessors

If your patient seeks a self-referral through Arthritis Australia, they will be required to complete a prescreening test, which should highlight any potential problems. If there are any concerns following this assessment, then the self-referral will be declined and the patient will be required to obtain a clearance certificate from their GP to be able to join The Joint Movement program. If there are no problems, then the patient will need to find their own exercise physiologist through our locator app. Without a General Practitioner Management Plan, they won’t be able to claim through Medicare.
The cost of The Joint Movement exercise sessions is determined by the exercise professional conducting the classes. Costs will, therefore, inevitably vary between providers. Medicare rebates may be available for patients with a chronic condition who are referred under the General Practitioner Management Plan. Private Health Insurance companies may offer rebates for this program. The patient is advised to contact their provider to check their entitlements.
The Joint Movement locator app gives program locations and provider details for both exercise physiologists and licensed leaders. These details are regularly updated as more become available. Click here to find an exercise physiologist or group exercise session near you.
Where there are insufficient exercise physiologists to meet the demand of the program, including but not limited to regional Australia, then physiotherapists will perform the pre- and post-exercise assessments. All physiotherapists must have completed a registration of services document in order to perform assessments. Physiotherapists wishing to conduct The Joint Movement exercise classes must hold a current professional registration and Joint Movement leader licence. Go to Run a program for more information.