The physiotherapists in this practice will discuss your condition and options for treatment with you so that you are appropriately informed and can make decisions relating to treatment. You may choose to consent to or refuse any form of treatment for any reason including religious or personal grounds. Once you have given consent, you may withdraw that consent at any time.
Questions of a personal nature
Your physiotherapist may ask personal questions relating to your injury and how your injury impacts on your ‘activities of daily living’. It is your choice what information you choose to provide.
During the examination, assessment, and treatment it may be necessary for your physiotherapist to make physical contact. Your physiotherapist will ask your permission before making physical contact with you in any way.
Risks related to treatment
As with all forms of treatment, there are risks and benefits. The physiotherapist will discuss any foreseeable risks with you prior to administering treatment. In some cases, the physiotherapist may ask you to read information related to a particular treatment and they may request that you sign a further consent form. This is to ensure that you fully understand any risks involved.
Children and minors
Consent from a custodial parent is required to treat a minor.
Where a person is incapable of understanding the risks and benefits of treatment, consent may be provided by another person legally authorized to provide such consent. Evidence of legal authorization is required in such circumstances.