|Standard Consultation (45mins):||$100|
|Initial Assessment Session (45mins):||$220|
|Additional Assessment Sessions (per 45mins):||$120|
We are aware that private speech pathology can be costly for families. It is important to be aware of some funding options that may be available for your child:
Private Health Cover
If you have private health, please contact your provider to see how much they cover. Liberty Speech Pathology has a HICAPS terminal at the Newton clinic, so you may claim your benefit on the spot with participating health funds.
Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Plan
Your child may be eligible for up to 5 rebated sessions per calendar year through Medicare. You will need to obtain this from your GP. Your child may be eligible if they have a significant communication impairment that is considered complex and chronic. For more information from Medicare: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-medicare-health_pro-gp-pdf-allied-cnt.htm
Centrelink Carer’s Allowance
You may be eligible to receive this payment if your child’s communication disability is significant. This is a fortnightly payment that you can use to supplement costs to meet your child’s needs, such as speech therapy. More information about the Centrelink Care Allowance is available from: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/centrelink/carer-allowance/claiming
National Disability Insurance Scheme
This is now being rolled out in South Australia. Liberty Speech Pathology is now a registered service provider for the NDIS. Children (aged 0-14) may be eligible for this support if they:
FaHCSIA Helping Children With Autism funding (NB: this is being rolled into NDIS)
If your child has been diagnosed as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Aspergers Syndrome or Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) and is younger than 6, you may be eligible to receive up to $12000 of funding to use towards your child’s therapy. If your child is under 15, you may be eligible to receive up to 20 Medicare rebated speech pathology sessions (in addition to the 5 annual Enhanced Primary Care Plan sessions). More information is available from: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/centrelink/carer-allowance/claiming
FaHCSIA Betterstart for Children With Disability funding (NB: this is being rolled into NDIS)
This is similar to the funding described above. Your child may be eligible if diagnosed with:
- Down syndrome
- cerebral palsy
- Fragile X syndrome, or
- a moderate or greater vision or hearing impairment, including deafblindness.
- Prader Willi syndrome
- Williams syndrome
- Angelman syndrome
- Kabuki syndrome
- Smith-Magenis syndrome
- CHARGE syndrome
- Cornelia de Lange syndrome
- ‘Cri du Chat syndrome or
More information is available at: www.fahcsia.gov.au
Please note: Liberty Speech Pathology charges an additional administration fee for services provided under FaHCSIA.
Please contact Liberty Speech Pathology on 8337 3188 if you wish to discuss these options.