Is Pilates still covered by Private Health Insurance

Is Pilates still covered by Private Health Insurance?

Are you wondering whether Pilates is still covered by private health insurance?

Here at North West Physiotherapy we are pleased to advise that you are still eligible for a rebate, however, the class might be called something different than what you’ve been used to.

Changes to Pilates Private Health Rebates 2019

As of 1 April 2019, there have been some Federal Government reforms to natural therapy rebates, specifically what you can and can’t claim on your private health insurance.

When these reforms were first announced they did not differentiate between non-evidence based therapies, and those prescribed by physiotherapists.

So, while your health funds may have advised that rebates for Pilates would no longer be available, it’s worth checking the fine print as exceptions do apply!

Specifically, if your 1:1 or group exercise session is conducted by a physiotherapist, and tailored to your specific health conditions, most private health funds will still offer the rebates.

The Australian Physiotherapy Association was working hard behind the scenes for several months to ensure that these rebates remained in place, however, physios cannot call them Pilates classes anymore.

Changes to Pilates Classes at North West Physiotherapy

If you’ve been attending Pilates classes at any of our North West Physiotherapy clinics you’ll already have experienced our small group sessions.

For those that haven’t attended before or had been considering a Pilates class or a similar strength-based workout, we’d love you to attend one of our classes at North West Physio!

Here’s what you can expect with our Functional Core Strengthening Classes (previously known as Pilates classes):

  • Individualised program by your physio
  • Evidence based program using pilates-informed exercises
  • Small groups of 3 – 4 participants
  • Using combination of matts, reformer, Wanda chair, free weights, exercise balls, stretch bands and more
  • Available at all 3 clinics – Everton Park, Keperra and Eatons Hill
  • Multiple class times throughout the week

Please be advised that prior to your first class, you will need to complete an individual assessment with a physiotherapist.

To view available class timetables, click the link below for your closest clinic:

To book in for a class or individual assessment, contact your local clinic below:

North West Physiotherapy is your one-stop pain relief and healthy living practice in Brisbane. With three clinics across North Brisbane; Everton ParkKeperra and Eatons Hill, our aim is to provide holistic healthcare solution to suit your specific lifestyle. 

Our services include Physiotherapy, Sports PhysioHydrotherapyPilates, PodiatryDry NeedlingMassageWomens Health, and Seniors Strength and Balance Classes. Please note that services vary across our clinics. 

Appointments available 6am – 7:30pm Monday to Friday, and 8am – 12:30pm on Saturdays. Book online here or call us on 07 3353 4111.