Do I need a referral from my GP?
No, a referral is NOT required. Simply contact us to arrange your appointment. Some
clients may be eligible for partial Medicare rebates in which case a GP referral is required.
How long will I have to wait for an appointment?
In most cases you will be offered an initial appointment within two weeks.
How long is each session?
An assessment session takes between 90-120 minutes depending on the assessments undertaken. This includes a full assessment, time for discussion of findings and general recommendations. Therapy sessions vary from 30-60 minutes in length and this is dependent on the needs of the client. After your initial assessment your speech pathologist will discuss with you the recommendations for the length and frequency of therapy sessions.
How often will I need to come to therapy?
This is dependent on the nature of the problem and the level of concern. We will be happy to discuss this with you and make recommendations regarding this once we know you and/or your child better. In most cases once weekly sessions for a set period of time is recommended (for example, 45 minutes per week for 6 weeks to work towards a specific goal). In most cases you will also be given a few activities to complete at home. Often, the more practice done at home, the less therapy sessions are required.
How long will therapy take?
It is never easy to predict treatment length since many factors influence the success of therapy. Depending on the nature and severity of your or your child’s difficulty, therapy could last from just a few weeks to a number of months. Children with complex needs may need longer term support. If this is the case, the management plan will be discussed and the number of therapy sessions agreed with a review date for future decision making.
Are you an NDIS provider?
Orange Speech Therapy are NDIS providers. Please contact us to see if we are the most suitable provider for you or your client.
Can you speak with my child's daycare/preschool staff, teacher or other health care professional?
Yes, we are more than happy to liaise with anyone working with your child to help improve their communication. We can also provide training and support to them on how best to help.
Do you bulk bill?
Unfortunately we are unable to bulk bill. It may be worthwhile discussing with your GP if you are eligible for a CDM to help cover the costs.
Do I get a rebate from my health care fund?
You will need to check with your health care fund if you are covered for speech pathology. Fiona and Rachel are registered with all major funds.
Am I eligible for a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plan and what is a CDM?
Your eligibility for a CDM is determined by your General Practitioner
Orange Speech Therapy is registered with Medicare to provide Speech Pathology services to those who meet the Medicare requirements. The Chronic Disease Management Plan entitles recipients to up to 5 sessions with a Speech Pathologist per calendar year that are partially covered by Medicare. Each of the 5 CDM sessions attracts a rebate of $52.95 from Medicare (as of November 1, 2013). A GP is responsible for determining whether an individual is eligible to receive a CDM Plan and a GP referral letter is necessary before you can start to claim. Therapy provided by Orange Speech Therapy will need to be paid for as usual, but you will be able to take your receipt to Medicare in order to claim your rebate. 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 other health care providers (e.g. Speech Pathologist, OT, Audiologist, Psychologist).
For more information please contact your GP or refer to: