Booking Process

How do I make a booking?

A GP referral is not required to arrange for a private speech pathology assessment. You can self-refer by calling or emailing us with your concerns.

Initial Telephone Discussion or Email Enquiry

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A complementary (no obligation) 10 to 15 minute initial discussion is offered to ensure that this is the best service to suit your child’s particular needs. An appointment can then be scheduled if necessary or you will be given the details of other local services.  If you decide to go ahead with an appointment booking, you will be sent a confirmation email and will be asked to complete and return a case history form, read and sign some policies and also send through any relevant reports from other agencies.  This background information forms the basis of the assessment and providing this in advance will allow us to spend less time on paperwork and more time directly with your child during the initial session.

Assessment

The assessment process involves gathering information and utilising a variety of assessment tools to determine the needs of the child. It may be appropriate to carry out a formal assessment with standardised tests for some children, particularly those approaching school age and older children. An assessment session generally lasts for 60 – 90 minutes (which includes time for discussion). A detailed assessment report will be emailed to you within 2 weeks.

Therapy

Depending on the outcome of the assessment, your child may be offered a block of therapy in order to work on improving specific skills. Sessions are tailored to the child’s individual needs and activities for home practice are recommended to aid learning and achieve the best results. A family centred approach is used and family members are encouraged to be involved in the therapy process as much as possible. Therapy sessions of 30 or 45 minutes are usually recommended depending on the child and may be offered weekly, fortnightly or more/less frequently depending on the areas of need.

Fees

Fees vary depending on the nature of the assessment and duration of treatment sessions.  Please feel free to contact the clinic to request the current fee schedule.

 

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers.

You or your child may be able to access NDIS support if you

  • Have a permanent disability that significantly affects the ability to take part in everyday activities;
  • Are aged less than 65 when they first enter the NDIS;
  • Are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa; and
  • Live in Australia where the NDIS is available.

Sydney Speech Clinic is registered with the NDIA. We are approved to be able to provide NDIS support with funding applications, 1:1 speech pathology and group therapy programs.

 

Rebates

Private Health Funds

Sydney Speech Clinic is registered with all major health funds.  Private health fund rebates may apply depending on the type and level of your private health cover. To determine your eligibility, please contact your health fund directly.


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Medicare – Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Items

Sydney Speech Clinic is registered with Medicare (under the Allied Health Initiative) to provide speech pathology services to those who meet the Medicare requirements. A GP Management Plan under The Chronic Disease Management (CDM) initiative entitles eligible recipients to up to 5 sessions with a Speech Pathologist (per calendar year) that are partially covered by Medicare. A GP is responsible for determining whether an individual is eligible to receive a CDM Plan and the paperwork for a GP management plan is necessary before you can start to claim via this service.

A useful information sheet for GPs from Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) can be downloaded here:

Speech Pathology and the CDM program – Info sheet for GPs

Therapy services provided by us will need to be paid in full and then we can process your Medicare rebate for you using our practice management software. Each of the 5 CDM sessions attract a rebate of $52.95 from Medicare (up to date as from April 2016).  In general, those eligible will have a chronic condition (present for longer than 6 months) and complex care needs that require ongoing care from a multidisciplinary team consisting of their GP and at least two health care providers (e.g. speech pathologist, occupational therapist, audiologist, psychologist).

For more information please contact your GP or refer to http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/mbsprimarycare-chronicdisease-pdf-infosheet

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Cancellation Policy

Please give as much notice as possible if you need to cancel an appointment. A significant amount of time is spent planning for scheduled appointments and other clients may be on a waiting list for your appointment time.  Given enough notice, your cancellation can be offered to someone else.

If you need to cancel or reschedule a session, we ask that you inform us at least 24 hours before your appointment. If you miss a session without cancelling, or cancel with less than 24 hours notice of your appointment, you will be required to pay for the session in full.

Thank you for your understanding.