Are any rebates available?

There are a number of funding options that may be available to you:

  • Medicare Allied Health Initiative for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Items, previously known as Enhanced Primary Care – (EPC) plans
  • Private Health Funds – Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy services can often be rebated if you have Extras cover with your private health fund. Contact your health fund directly to determine the rebate amount and the maximum amount you can claim per person or family in a calendar year. You cannot claim through both Medicare and your Private Health Insurer for the same session.
  • There are no Medicare rebates for group services. Please check with your Private Health Insurer regarding rebates.

Do I need a referral?

No, but your GP will be able to activate a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plan, if you are eligible.

What will the course of intervention look like?

This is a very difficult question to answer, as many factors contribute to treatment planning. These include your child’s learning style, the nature and severity of their difficulties, and the ability to incorporate regular home practice into your family routines. We will discuss progress with you regularly, to give you a clear idea of how your child is responding to therapy.

How long is an appointment?

An initial assessment takes between 60-90 minutes. Therapy appointments vary according to your child’s needs, and are usually either 30 or 45 minutes long. Appointments are scheduled on a weekly or fortnightly basis.