Costs and Rebates

Please contact me to discuss current fees. I understand that financial cost is one of the main barriers to accessing Speech Pathology services, so scroll down to find out more about rebates and funding options that may be available to you.

Intensive Therapy

I believe that in many cases intensive therapy works. There is good evidence that clients benefit from intensive therapy, and it helps families stay motivated for home practice. I provide an “Intensive therapy” rate (at more than 10% discount) to people who want 2 therapy sessions per week. This is to make this type of therapy more affordable for families. Please discuss this with me if you are interested.

Rebates

Rebates are available from most health insurance funds. Please contact your insurance provider to find out whether you qualify for a rebate.

Clients of any age with chronic or terminal medical conditions may qualify for allied health services under the Chronic Disease Management scheme. Please discuss your eligibility with your GP before your Speech Pathology appointment. There is a gap between the Medicare rebate and my fees. You will need to pay the fee in full then claim the rebate from Medicare. The gap payment will count towards your Medicare Safety Net total. Also note that Medicare only contributes towards 5 allied health sessions per year. People of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent may be eligible for a rebate of 5 additional Allied Health sessions per calendar year, following assessment and referral from their GP.

Medicare rebates are available for children under the age of 15 who have been diagnosed with a recognised disability before the age of 13 years. This is called the Better Start Initiative.

I provide services for children aged 0-6 years under the Helping Children with Autism and Better Start Initiative funding packages. Sessions are fully-funded up to a maximum of $12,000 up until a child’s 7th birthday, when a child has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or a recognised disability. See here for my HCWA and BSI fees.

I have begun the process of registering with the NDIA. I am currently awaiting their response to my application. Until I am registered, people can use my services if they are self-managing their funds.

I provide services for DVA Gold Card holders.

Carers of people with disabilities and/or illnesses may also qualify for carer payments through Centrelink.

Defence families may qualify for payment of services. Please discuss with DCO.