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If you've asked one of the questions below, don't worry - you're not alone. We understand it can get a bit confusing, so we've put together a list of FAQ's which should help explain a little bit more about what we do and the service we offer. If you're still unable to find the answer you're looking for, please feel free to submit a question, or if it's urgent, please contact us directly. We're always more than happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Where will I be seen?

Guardian Occupational Physio (Perth only service) :
• Satellite clinics
• Home
• Worksite/workplace

Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation:
• Home
• Gym/pool based venue
• Workplace

Guardian Workplace Rehab (Perth only service) :
• Our office - Cottesloe
• Home
• Workplace
• Public place of your choice

What is the difference between a Physiotherapist and an Exercise Physiologist?

Both Accredited Exercise Physiologists & Physiotherapists take an active approach to rehabilitation and focus on capacity and function with the patient to optimise their outcome.

Physiotherapists from their assessments provide a diagnosis and treatment for the patient, referrals can be for acute or persistent presentations. Typically they see the patient immediately post injury and when they no longer require manual intervention and still require further assistance to return to work or functional tasks they progress on to exercise rehabilitation programme with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

Exercise Physiologists specialize in exercise prescription.

When should I refer or be treated by a Physiotherapist?

If it is a musculoskeletal injury it is important to get immediate management of the injury underway as soon as possible.

When should I refer my patient through to an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?

The ideal timeframe to commence an active rehabilitation programme with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist is within the sub acute stage of the injury being approximately 3 weeks post date of injury.

When should I refer to a Workplace Rehabilitation Provider?

- Practical assessment of the workplace is needed
- Assistance to identify suitable duties and development of a Return to Work Program
- Issues have been identified with the return to work process
- Relationship/communication breakdown between injured worker and employer
- Workplace modification/equipment required
- Employer does not have suitable duties
- Redeployment is required

What services can I refer to Guardian Workplace Rehab for?

You can refer for a Workplace Rehabilitation Assessment which involves an Initial Assessment to determine what further rehabilitation services and/or specific services are required. These recommendations are discussed in collaboration with key stakeholders.

A Specific Service referral can include Ergonomic Assessment, Workplace Assessment, Job Demands Assessment, Functional Capacity Assessment or Aids and Appliances Assessment and involves a one-off service and recommendations.

Who can refer to a Workplace Rehabilitation Provider?

Injured workers, employers, insurers and treating medical practitioners can initiate a referral to a Workplace Rehabilitation Provider.

What is the service turnaround timeframes for your services?

Occupational Physiotherapy- same day, next day appointment.
Exercise Rehabilitation - assessment within 2 days and report within 5 days from date of referral.
Workplace Rehabilitation- assessment within 5 days and report within 10 days from date of referral.

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