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The ultimate list of Private Speech Pathologists in Canberra
Are you searching for a private Speech Pathologist in Canberra? You may be wondering why you can’t find reviews or testimonials from other families whose children have accessed a Speech Therapist in the Canberra region to inform your choice.
Short of asking friends for their recommendations for a Speech Pathologist in Canberra, you will find it very difficult to find any success stories, reviews, photos or videos of clients in therapy. The reason for this is that Speech Pathologists are bound by an advertising Code of Conduct set out by Speech Pathology Australia (the national peak body for the Speech Pathology profession in Australia) which prohibits the use of testimonials and reviews, except those hosted by a 3rd party site not owned or operated by the practise such as Google.
As you will see from the list, there are many fabulous Speech Pathologists in the Canberra region. We are a friendly and caring bunch, so most practices refer on if they feel that there is someone who would be a better match in terms of skills and experience to help your child.
Good luck in your search for a therapist for your child, if we can help in anyway feel free to drop us an email.
The ultimate list of Private Occupational Therapists Canberra
Are you searching for a private Occupational Therapist in Canberra? You may be wondering why you can’t find reviews or testimonials from other families whose children have accessed Occupational Therapists in the Canberra region to inform your choice.
Short of asking friends for their recommendations, you will find it very difficult to find any success stories, reviews, photos or videos of clients in Occupational Therapy. The reason for this is that Occupational Therapists in Canberra (as with all states and territories in Australia) are a registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Under section 133(1) of the National Law they cannot advertise ‘in a way that uses testimonials or purported testimonials about the service or business’.
As you will see from the list, there are many fabulous Occupational Therapists in the Canberra region. Good luck in your search for a therapist for your child, if you are looking for a recommendation or need help navigating the list, feel free to drop us an email.
Download the Private Paediatric Occupational Therapists in the ACT.
The Insiders Guide to Speech Pathology in Canberra – map included!
If you’re like most parents who call me, you are looking for a good Speech Pathologist in Canberra and preferably access to some sort of funding to pay for it! Up until now Speech Pathologists in Canberra including myself, have collectively spent hours explaining the system in the ACT, drawing diagrams and providing links only for many parents to often become overwhelmed! I have always wondered why someone hasn’t put together a 1 page infographic to help people visualise how accessing Speech Pathology in Canberra works and the multiple funding streams that your child may be able to access, so I decided to do it!
Download The Insiders Guide to Speech Pathology in Canberra
As you can see from the map the first step is to book an assessment. There are many fabulous Speech Pathologists in Canberra (see the latest list here) If you have a child under the age of 7, you can do this either through a private Speech Pathologist or through one publicly via the government Child Development Service (CDS).
The CDS offer both an intake line and drop-in clinic service .you can find information on both via the previous link. The primary function of the CDS is to provide assessment, information, referral and linkages
Any public or private Speech Pathologist who identifies that a child has a delay of greater than 12 months in 1 area (for example language) and an additional area of delay such as difficulty with gross motor skills, may recommend you apply to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) via the Early Childhood Early Intervention Partner in Canberra EACH, call 1300 003 224. If your child is found eligible for NDIS funding you have the option of; self management, plan management or agency management (see infographic).
If your child is not eligible for the NDIS or your NDIS package has run out of funds, speak to your General Practitioner (GP) about accessing Medicare funding via a Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDMP). The criteria for CDMP funding is:
- Your child is accessing ongoing care from a multidisciplinary team consisting of their GP and at least two other health or care providers e.g. an Occupational Therapist and Audiologist.
- Your child has a chronic medical condition which has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or longer e.g. severe speech and language difficulties not eligible for the NDIS.
Please note that you will need to decide beforehand which private Speech Pathologist you will be seeing for the doctor to list this on the CDMP. If your child is found eligible for a CDMP they will receive 5 Medicare rebateable sessions to the value of $53.80 per year (expect to pay a gap fee).
The other option for accessing funding for a private Speech Pathologist is private health insurance. As all insurance companies differ hugely in the way their extras cover works, you will need to contact your provider to find out if accessing a Speech Pathologist in Canberra will be covered by your level of cover (often it is only on the highest level of extras cover) and how much you will be rebated for services.
Whatever your journey to finding your child a Speech Pathologist I wish you and your child all the best in navigating the system. Feel free to flick me an email if you have any questions, happy to help!