Cairns Chronic Disease Management (formerly known as Enhanced Primary Care) is available at Wellness Embodied. Patients with a valid Medicare Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM) for physiotherapy, osteopathy and exercise physiology, can receive up to a total of 5 subsidised treatments, in 1 calendar year. We provide hands on therapy and evidence-based rehabilitation, in our private treatment rooms. Contact us to make an appointment today on (07) 4231 9777.


Cairns Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plans are issued by GPs. To be eligible, your GP must identify that you have a chronic medical condition that has been, or is likely to be, present for 6 months or longer. CDM Plans are a Medicare Government Scheme through which, and under certain circumstances, patients can access physiotherapy and other Allied Health provider services, including osteopathy and exercise physiology, at a subsidised rate.


Please note there is no specific ‘list’ of eligible conditions which can be treated under a Cairns Chronic Disease Management Plan. Thanks to our training and the diversity of skills within our team of Allied Health professionals, we can support a range of presenting conditions, in conjunction with your CDM Plan. This includes but is not limited to, asthma, stroke, diabetes and an array of musculoskeletal conditions. We provide comprehensive assessment and treatment, with personalised treatment plans.


Our team of Allied Health professionals at Wellness Embodied includes Cairns physiotherapists, occupational therapist, exercise physiologist and naturopath, to ensure a holistic approach to chronic disease management. Our varied skill set ensures we are best placed to provide advice and specific treatment and support for your condition, rehabilitation and/or injury prevention. We use a whole of person approach for all our patients, including those with a Chronic Disease Management Cairns Plan.

Cairns Chronic Disease Management Plans

Chronic Disease Management Plans Cairns can be utilised to subsidise treatments for a range of presenting conditions. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

The Wellness Embodied team of Allied Health professionals, have high-level knowledge of the entire musculoskeletal system. We know pain can be a result of imbalance in many systems- muscle, joint, bone, ligament, tendon, nerve, fascia, dura, autonomic system and more. We are here to help.

How Does the CDM Plan Work?

Chronic Disease Management Plans Cairns, may be issued by your GP at any time of the year. They remain ‘open’ until you have used the 5 subsidised treatments available. This must be done in the same calendar year, the CDM Plan was issued. Under no circumstances can extra visits be added. Any unused services on 31 December roll over to the next year, however, will be counted in the allowable amount (5 visits) for the next year.

The 5 Chronic Disease Management Cairns Plan visits may be allocated to 1 Allied Health provider, or spread between several providers, you will need to coordinate this with your GP. Once all is confirmed, your GP will issue your Chronic Disease Management Plan Cairns accordingly.

Sometimes, the GP will send the plan on your behalf to our clinic; however, we do recommend bringing a copy along on your first appointment. Please note our team think outside the box and are committed to helping clients, get relief from chronic pain and dysfunction.


Please note, appointments at Wellness Embodied under a Chronic Disease Management Plan Cairns – (formerly known as Enhanced Primary Care) – are subsidised (and not free). The current Medicare rebate (as at March 2024) is $58.30 per appointment. If you are referred to Wellness Embodied in your Care Plan, we ask that you pay your account with us, at the time of consultation.

We will process your Medicare rebate on the same day, via our Practice Management Software, and you will receive the rebate directly to your bank account, providing you have your up to date bank details registered with Medicare . If you do not have an account linked, we can issue a receipt that will allow you to claim your rebate directly with Medicare. At time of writing, we do not Bulk Bill.

Please contact our clinic to enquire about your injury and our current charges and gap payments for consultations on (07) 4231 9777.

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Our Cairns Chronic Disease Management Team

Lea Samson - Physiotherapist

Lea is committed to helping her clients reach their full potential and get back to doing the activities that they love. Her treatment techniques include manual therapy, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (level 2 practitioner) M2T blading, cupping and dry needling. Lea speaks Filipino and English.

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Nicolas Olguin - Physiotherapist

Nicolas is very interested in neurological and respiratory conditions. He provides support and treatment to patients with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s disease, Cerebral Palsy, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis and more.

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Jesse Booysen - Occupational Therapist

Jesse understands that each person has a unique set of goals and interests, and aims to support them to participate fully in those activities. She is passionate about tailoring her practice to complement the needs and preferences of her clients.

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Kate Jeremy - Senior Exercise Physiologist

Kate loves to find a way to meet a client where they are at and believes that everyone’s approach to exercise should be different. She loves to help patients with osteoporosis or osteopenia, mental health struggles, back pain, musculoskeletal issues and more.

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Ry Darcy - Senior Physiotherapist

Ry works and lives in Cooktown. Ry is a Rural Generalist and has developed his skills across multiple settings since completing his studies at James Cook University Townsville, in 2016.

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Simeon Thittayil - Occupational Therapist

Simeon has worked with clients (over the age of 15) for Functional Capacity Assessments and ongoing treatment for psycho-social issues, neurological conditions, autism and mental health. His diverse background helps him to address the unique needs of clients across the lifespan.

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They have great physios, who get to know you as a person, not just your illness. They also do nice little personal touches, like sending you a birthday message or checking in via text to see you're ok after a treatment.


I presently visit 3 different staff members and I find what they are helping me with, always improves my situation. They really care for me as a person, and I appreciate that! The admin girls are like friends - laughing and talking with me. I feel like I'm coming to visit family when I walk through the door. I love your business' dedication to community also


I was impressed with the all-round service, not just physio, but also nutrition and exercise and breathing


I love the team and the space at Wellness Embodied and can't thank everyone enough for the amazing work they do


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