Greater Geelong Speech Pathology - FAQ

FAQ

Speech Pathology may be the beneficial for your child. If you would like to establish whether Greater Geelong Speech Pathology will be the correct fit for your family, please explore our frequently asked questions.

If you have a question not covered below, please contact our team directly with your enquiry.

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Speech pathologists are trained to assess and provide therapy for children who may experience communication difficulties. The disorders could be related to language, socialising, communicating with other people, speaking, listening, writing, reading, swallowing, and even using your voice. It’s never too early to ask questions or seek advice. Speech pathology may be beneficial if:

  • you or others have difficulty understanding your child’s speech
  • your child has difficulty following instructions or understanding new information
  • you often have to repeat or rephrase information and/or instructions for your child
  • your child’s vocabulary and/or ability to form sentences and tell stories is not as great as other children of the same age
  • your child stutters
  • your child speaks very loudly, very softly, or with a harsh or husky voice
  • your child is not keeping up with schoolwork or has below average reading and spelling skills
  • your child has difficulty communicating appropriately in social settings

If you would like an appointment at one of our medical clinic locations, you are welcome to contact them directly to book in a 60-minute initial appointment. A receptionist will take your details, discuss our services and arrange an appointment time.

If you are not sure about where you would like to attend, or if you have more questions, you can contact Greater Geelong Speech Pathology.

No, not to book an appointment. You will, however, need a doctor’s referral to access a Medicare rebate (see below).

Our fees are based upon the type of service we provide and the time that we spend with you. We offer a range of services including assessments, reviews, treatment sessions and programming. These services will be tailored to your individual needs. Please contact us to discuss what may apply in your individual circumstances.

Private health insurance funds generally include speech pathology in their “extras” cover options, so you may be eligible for rebates depending upon your level of cover. You will need to contact your health fund directly to determine the rebates you will receive.

You may also be eligible for rebates for up to five (5) appointments per calendar year through Medicare. Your doctor will need to complete a Chronic Disease Management Plan before you attend speech pathology. You will be required to pay for your speech pathology services at the time of your appointment and then we can process the Medicare refund on your behalf.

We are a registered NDIS provider. If you have a NDIA managed plan we are able to process the claims directly through the NDIS Provider Portal. You will need to sign a service agreement outlining the costs and processes involved during the term of your plan.

If you have a plan-managed plan we will bill your plan manager directly and receive payments from them.

If you have a self-managed plan, you pay each time you attend a session and you will need to enter the information on your invoice to the NDIS portal yourself to be reimbursed.

The number of appointments required will vary depending on the communication difficulties identified, the clients’ response to treatment, and the amount and quality of practice done between therapy appointments. It is important to remember that our work is not a ‘quick fix’ and it usually takes a number of months or even years to make significant progress.