How to access an EPC?

What is an EPC?

EPC stands for “Enhanced Primary Care plan”. This is something that General Practitioners can provide that entitles the user to up to 5 allied health services per calendar year to be subsidised by Medicare. This can be 1 type of service for example 5 exercise physiology sessions, or a mix of sessions such as 1 physio, 1 dietician, and 3 exercise physiology sessions, depending on the individual’s needs and what the GP sees fit. This then means you can use Medicare to receive a subsidy on these exercise physiology sessions.

Who is Eligible?

EPC’s are eligible to those who have a “chronic condition” that is simply defined as a disease, illness, or injury that has been present for longer than 6 months. Some examples of common chronic conditions EPCs can be used to help include:

  • Back pain
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Mental health

How do I get the EPC?

If you believe that you qualify for an EPC, book an appointment with your GP who can provide an EPC with a proportion of the 5 sessions to what allied health professionals they see fit, including exercise physiology. Then all that’s left to do is book an initial consult with our accredited Exercise Physiologist.