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Navigating Chiropractic Care: Do You Need a Referral?

Navigating Chiropractic Care: Do You Need a Referral?


When it comes to chiropractic care, many patients wonder if they need a referral from a primary care physician or GP before scheduling an appointment at Lakeside Chiropractic. This common question stems from the varying procedures associated with different types of healthcare services. In this post, we'll delve into the world of chiropractic care and clarify whether a referral is typically required.

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Understanding Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care focuses on diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal system disorders, primarily through manual adjustment and manipulation of the spine. Chiropractors aim to reduce pain, improve functionality, and educate patients on how they can account for their own health via exercise, ergonomics, and other therapies to treat back pain.

Referral Requirements

The answer to the question is: No, you do not need a referral to see a chiropractor. As Chiropractors are primary care professionals for spinal health. Patients can make an appointment directly with us at Lakeside Chiropractic Clinic without the need for a referral from a doctor or another healthcare professional.


A referral is not required to have an appointment at Lakeside Chiropractic, or at a Chiropractic clinic in general. However if you are booking in for a bulk billed (Medicare – TCA/EPC) session you require a referral letter from your GP (see form and more info here).

Benefits of Direct Access

Direct access to chiropractic care without a referral has several benefits:

  • Speed: Patients can receive timely care without the delay of obtaining a referral.
  • Autonomy: It empowers patients to make decisions about their health care directly.
  • Cost-Effective: Eliminating the need for an initial doctor’s visit can reduce overall healthcare costs.
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In summary, you do not need a referral to see a chiropractor. This ease of access allows patients to quickly seek care and potentially find relief for their back pain, neck pain, and other musculoskeletal issues. However, always remember to check with your insurance provider for any specific requirements. Embracing the autonomy to choose chiropractic care could be a significant step towards managing your health and wellness more effectively.

If you are considering chiropractic care, we encourage you to reach out to us on 9300 0095 or book a appointment online at today. Take control of your health journey and explore the benefits that chiropractic care can offer!

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December 01, 2023