integrative care

integrative care

What is integrative care?

what is integrative care?

More than a decade in the making, the team at Zebras Australia delivers our comprehensive signature offering for invisible illnesses characterised by persisting pain and fatigue.

This unique and ever-evolving approach has been informed by modern physiotherapy and therapeutic neuroscience, psychoneuroimmunology, educational psychology, the emerging field of epigenetics and more.

all management plans are tailored to individual needs and aspirations and may include an exploration of:

  • The hypothalamic-adrenal pituitary axis and the stress response
  • Pain mechanisms including nociception
  • Bioplasticity and nociplastic pain
  • Post-exertional malaise
  • The neurobiology of trauma including Polyvagal Theory
  • Orthostatic symptom management
  • Pacing, rest and energy management
  • Tools for nervous system regulation including breathwork, mindfulness, meditation and visualisation
  • Movement prescription informed by physiotherapy, hatha yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais and somatics
  • Awareness and interoceptive training
  • Trigger identification
  • Setback management
  • Graded exposure
  • Health and self-leadership coaching
  • Goal setting
  • Basic nutritional support
  • Sleep hygiene

all management plans are tailored to individual needs and aspirations and may include an exploration of:

  • The hypothalamic-adrenal pituitary axis and the stress response
  • Pain mechanisms including nociception
  • Bioplasticity and nociplastic pain
  • Post-exertional malaise
  • The neurobiology of trauma including Polyvagal Theory
  • Orthostatic symptom management
  • Pacing, rest and energy management
  • Tools for nervous system regulation including breathwork, mindfulness, meditation and visualisation
  • Movement prescription informed by physiotherapy, hatha yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais and somatics
  • Awareness and interoceptive training
  • Trigger identification
  • Setback management
  • Graded exposure
  • Health and self-leadership coaching
  • Goal setting
  • Basic nutritional support
  • Sleep hygiene

Our practitioners can cater to a variety of learning styles and preferences and will give you access to any additional resources to support you on your journey.

Our practitioners can cater to a variety of learning styles and preferences and will give you access to any additional resources to support you on your journey.

from the comfort of your home

connecting from the comfort of your own home

Modern technology allows us to connect and care for you from the comfort of your own home. Our practitioners are able to assess and provide recommendations based not just on spoken words but on subtle non-verbal cues including voice, facial expression, eye contact, body language, posture and orientation.

Please understand it is for this reason that we are unable to offer our service over the phone.

how do I get started?

As we are primary care practitioners, no referral is required nor do we require confirmation of your diagnoses to begin your care.

Our intake process is a two stage process – booked with the integrative physiotherapist most closely aligned to you and your needs – and divided into two 50 minute appointments booked within one week of each other.

how do I get started?

 

As we are primary care practitioners, no referral is required nor do we require confirmation of your diagnoses to begin your care.

Our intake process is a two stage process – booked with the integrative physiotherapist most closely aligned to you and your needs – and divided into two 50 minute appointments booked within one week of each other.

your first session

The first session is a discovery session, where we will get to know you and your health history, find out where your limitations exist and what your current supports look like. The information we gather in this session is valuable for creating context for your health concerns and helping us to work out how we can best support you.

your second session

In your second session, we will clarify your goals and present a tailored plan of how we might work together, including the rationale underpinning our approach, specific focus areas and inclusions, the setting of the container and any necessary referrals to other health practitioners (which is likely to include supervised movement) and the timing of these.

join our priority list

Due to an unexpected surge in demand for integrative care in the wake of the pandemic, we are currently running a priority care list for all new enquiries. If you are interested in accessing care at Zebras Australia, please complete this preliminary questionnaire and we will contact you as soon as our next available appointment becomes available. Currently, our estimated wait times stand at 4-6 months.

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are you able to diagnose my condition?

We would like to start by acknowledging that there are many reasons why someone might seek a diagnosis.

A diagnosis may assist in making decisions around family planning, receiving additional support in school or work environments and gaining access to disability pensions and insurance schemes. A diagnosis alerts medical practitioners to co-morbid conditions to look out for; surgical teams to potential complications and allied health practitioners to think outside the confines of more traditional approaches to therapy and rehabilitation. Receiving a diagnosis is validation after many years of uncertainty, unanswered questions and suffering. It’s a way to communicate what’s going on to someone and lastly it provides a pathway forward to not just receive care, but the right sort of care for you.

It has been our experience that invisible illnesses and their co-morbid conditions can and do present differently between individuals and hence our recommendations are based upon a thorough assessment of the person before us.

In most cases, we are unable to provide a formal diagnosis. We can confirm a provisional diagnosis based on our experience in the field however this is generally not sufficient for the purposes of presenting to third parties such as the NDIS.

are you able to diagnose my condition?

We would like to start by acknowledging that there are many reasons why someone might seek a diagnosis.

A diagnosis may assist in making decisions around family planning, receiving additional support in school or work environments and gaining access to disability pensions and insurance schemes. A diagnosis alerts medical practitioners to co-morbid conditions to look out for; surgical teams to potential complications and allied health practitioners to think outside the confines of more traditional approaches to therapy and rehabilitation. Receiving a diagnosis is validation after many years of uncertainty, unanswered questions and suffering. It’s a way to communicate what’s going on to someone and lastly it provides a pathway forward to not just receive care, but the right sort of care for you.

It has been our experience that invisible illnesses and their co-morbid conditions present very differently between individuals and hence our recommendations are based upon a thorough assessment of the person before us and not their diagnosis.

In most cases, we are unable to provide a formal diagnosis. We can confirm a provisional diagnosis based on our experience in the field, however it should be noted that this is generally not sufficient for the purposes of presenting to third parties such as the NDIS.

What are the associated costs?

what are the associated costs?

Zebras Australia is a private clinic and a fee for service applies. The following sessions are available in-person or virtually:

  • Initial Integrative Consultation (50 minutes) $215.00
  • Subsequent Integrative Consultation (50 minutes) $205.00

Whilst these sessions include an introduction to movement therapies your integrative physiotherapist is likely to recommend individual and/or group supervised movement sessions and these incur additional costs.

Please note, all payments are taken in full on the day of service.

am I eligible for any financial assistance?

Services provided by physiotherapists at Zebras Australia may be covered by private health insurance, attract a Medicare rebate or be funded under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

am I eligible for any financial assistance?


Services provided by physiotherapists at Zebras Australia may be covered by private health insurance, attract a Medicare rebate or be funded under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Private Health

For private health insurance, we invite you to contact your insurer to ascertain your level of coverage for physiotherapy.

Medicare

For an Enhanced Primary Care Plan through Medicare, we invite you to discuss this with your general practitioner. You may be eligible for up to five sessions per calendar year at a rebate of $55.10. Please bring your Medicare card to your first appointment.

NDIS

For NDIS, you may use your funding at Zebras Australia if you are self-managed or plan-managed by a third party. Our team are not currently registered providers under the NDIS and this means that those whose packages are managed by the NDIA are unable to use their funds with us.