Fees, Funding Options and Terms
Please phone any of our Speech Pathologists on 03 5427 3309 or Rhonda Hill on 0419 323 095 to discuss our services or to make an appointment. We require 24 hours (1 business day) notice for cancellations or rescheduling. Late cancellation fees do apply.
Woodend Paediatric Speech Pathology is a registered NDIS provider.
Private Health Fund Rebates
If you have private health extras cover, you may be eligible for a rebate. Please check with your health fund. Medical expenses in excess of $2000 attract an income tax rebate of 20%. We recommend you retain all your health care receipts.
All Speech Pathologists at WPSP are registered with Medicare.
Chronic Disease Management Program (formerly known as EPC plan)
Children with complex care needs may be eligible for a Medicare Rebate for up to 5 Speech Pathology visits per year. Children may be eligible if they require services from more than one medical or allied health practitioner (e.g. Speech Pathology + Psychology, Occupational therapy, Audiology, or Medical Specialist). Ask your GP for more information about your eligibility for a CDM plan.
Helping Children with Autism and Better Start Initiative
Children with Autism and specific disabilities may also be referred for Speech Pathology assessment and/or treatment under Medicare. The maximum number of therapy sessions is 20. A Medicare rebate applies to these sessions.
Referrals for the 20 sessions under the Helping Children with Autism and Better Start Initiative must be obtained before your child’s 13th birthday. Treatment sessions must be completed before your child turns 15.
Discuss a referral with your Paediatrician or Psychiatrist (for referral under Helping Children with Autism) and your Paediatrician or GP (for referral under the Better Start Initiative).
WPSP is a registered provider of services through the DSS schemes for Helping Children with Autism and the Better Start Initiative.
Helping Children with Autism
Children under the age of 7 years with a diagnosis of Autism are eligible for funding from the Department of Social Services (DSS) under the Helping Children with Autism initiative.
Better Start Initiative
The Better Start Initiative provides funding for services for children with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X, Hearing-impairment and other specified Syndromes (eg Prader Willi, Williams, Angelman, Microcephaly).
Please contact us for a current fee schedule and to discuss what funding options may be available to support your child’s access to speech pathology services.
Payment is appreciated on the day of service and can be made via eftpos, cheque, or cash.
WPSP strives to provide a high-quality speech pathology service. If you have concerns about any aspect of our service, please discuss this directly with business owner Rhonda Hill. Your feedback is always appreciated and helps us to improve our high quality service. Please request a copy of our Complaints Management and/or our Client Services policy if you require further information.