You generally do not need a referral from your doctor. Physiotherapists are ‘primary care providers‘. Anyone can see a physio, and you do not need a referral. We have a HICAPS terminal for on-the-spot claiming from your health fund (if you have one). The only cases in which you definitely need a GP referral is for the Extended Primary Care (EPC). If your GP has provided you with up to 5 physiotherapy consults as part of your EPC plan, you are entitled to a Medicare rebate on part of your consultation fee.