Talkative Allied Health Services Schedule of Fees
|Initial Consult (Speech, Language or Fluency)||$275|
|60 minute therapy session||$190|
|45 minute therapy session||$143|
|30 minute therapy session||$95|
|Infant Feeding Assessment||$295|
|Paediatric Feeding Assessment||$275|
|Short written report (1-2 pages)||$120/hour|
|Long written report (3+ pages)||$170/hour|
|Transition Reports (1-2 pages)||$120/hour|
The Speech Pathologist documents a case history of the client during this session and also addresses any concerns or queries. The Speech Pathologist will use a standardised, non-standardised, or combination of assessments to determine the type and severity of speech/language/fluency difficulty. If further assessment is required, subsequent sessions will be charged as therapy sessions.
The Allied Health team member will write a report that provides the results of assessments and other observations made during the assessment. The Allied Health team member will provide the parent with three copies of the report.
Short Written Report
The short written report will provide a summary of the assessment results in 1-2 pages.
Long Written Report
The long written report will provide in-depth information regarding the assessment results, and provide recommendations that are individualised to the client’s needs.
The Allied Health services team member will phone the parent/caregiver to discuss assessment results prior to the report being sent. The team member will then be able to address any enquiries during this call. Parents/Caregivers are also welcome to phone the team member if they require any further clarification thereafter.
The transition report will include any relevant assessment information, up to date therapy performance information, and a brief outline of recommendations moving forward.
Infant Feeding Assessment
6 weeks and older
The Speech Pathologist will take a case history; examine feeding patterns and assess the swallow of the infant. The Speech Pathologist will diagnose the cause of feeding difficulty during this session and create a plan with the family to help improve feeding times. Depending on the cause of the feeding difficulty, further sessions may be required and will be charged at the standard sessional rate for therapy sessions (30 minutes, 45 minutes or 60 minutes). Please bring all bottles, teats, and expressed breast milk/formula to the session. Please bring your ‘blue book’ to the session so that the Speech Pathologist is able to view the birth weight/height and subsequent weigh-ins/height measurements.
For older infants who are learning to eat solids:
The Speech Pathologist will take a case history; assess oral motor skills, eating, drinking and the swallow of the infant. The Speech Pathologist will diagnose the cause of feeding difficulty during this session, and create a plan with the family to help improve feeding times. Depending on the cause of the feeding difficulty, further sessions may be required and will be charged at the standard sessional rate for therapy sessions (30 minutes, 45 minutes or 60 minutes). Please bring a selection of foods that are being trialled at home, and the utensils/cups that are being utilised into the assessment session.
Paediatric Feeding Assessment
The Speech Pathologist will take a case history, and assesses the child’s eating, drinking and swallowing. The Speech Pathologist will diagnose the cause of feeding difficulty during this session, and create a plan with the family to help improve feeding times. Depending on the cause of the feeding difficulty, further sessions may be required and will be charged at the standard sessional rate for therapy sessions (30 minutes, 45 minutes or 60 minutes). Food and drinks required for the assessment and possible therapy thereafter will need to be provided by the family (these foods will be foods that the family already have in their cupboards and fridge).
A home/preschool/childcare program is available for families who would like to work on goals at home. Program providers are welcome to contact the Allied Health Services team member if they have any questions about the implementation of the program (permission must first be granted by the parent/caregiver as per Privacy Act for this to occur).
Private Health Cover
Private Health Cover can assist in covering Speech Pathology assessment and sessional costs. The amount of the refund, if any, is dependent on your fund’s rules and the level of your cover. It is best to contact your health insurer to discuss the amount of cover available before you attend your appointment.
Talkative Allied Health Services charges the standard rates that have been set by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (SA). If you would like more information, please contact us.
Parents of children with a chronic condition or complex care needs are able to access Medicare rebates for 5 sessions per calendar year to an Allied Health Provider (e.g. Speech Pathologist).
Contact a GP and mention that you would be interested in finding out if your child is eligible to receive an Enhanced Primary Care plan rebate (The EPC plan sessions can take longer than a standard GP consultation). The GP will determine if your child has a chronic condition or complex care need as defined by Medicare.
Please note: If you make a claim through Medicare you will be UNABLE to make a claim through your Private Health Insurer for the consultations that have the Medicare rebate applied to them. It is also important to be aware that any gap amount payable qualifies towards your Medicare Safety Net.
Contact Medicare on 13 21 50 if you should have any questions regarding the Medicare Allied Health Initiative.