What will the Speech Pathologist do in the first meeting?
The Speech Pathologist will spend the first session listening to your relevant history, your symptoms, do some voice or communication assessment and diagnose your disorder or difficulty. You will leave the first session with therapy to start improving your problem.
What do I need to bring with me? Do I need a referral?
NO, medical referrals are not required to book an appointment at Voice and Accent. However, if you have a referral from your GP or an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon, bring it along.
Do I get a Medicare or private health fund rebate for Speech Pathology?
If you have an Enhanced Primary Care Form, or a Chronic Disease Management or Complex Care Needs Form signed by your GP, bring that to the Speech Pathologist to organise a Medicare rebate. Usually 5 Speech Pathology sessions can be rebated in a calendar year. Further sessions may be rebated by your private health fund. Medicare Provider Number: 4684952T.
What happens after the first session?
The Speech Pathologist will then provide targeted education, instruction and exercises or practice to reduce the problem.
How do I know the therapy will work?
The advice and therapy given is based on evidence from the Speech Pathology research literature and personal experience with clients that the treatment works. Voice and Accent only uses best-practice evidence-based therapies which are well reported and successful.
Can I only do therapy while I’m with the therapist?
Voice and Accent uses therapies which can be practised at home to minimise clinic visits. Of course, if you do 100% of your recommended practice, your problem will resolve sooner.
How many times do I need to see the Speech Pathologist?
The number of visits you need depends on the severity of your problem, and on your compliance with practising your therapy exercises at home between visits.
How will I know when I have recovered?
The Speech Pathologist will assess your problem in a number of ways as you progress, and will help you evaluate your recovery by means of standardised self-assessment. When you are happy with your recovery, you have recovered.
How much will it cost and how long is a session?
At Voice and Accent the first session takes around 2 hours and costs $200, with a Medicare rebate of around $53 on a GP referral. Private health funds may provide a further rebate. Subsequent sessions cost $140. The number of sessions will be minimised by Dr Bailey by providing therapy you practise at home. By complying with all recommended therapy, you minimise the number of visits required.