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for Adult Clients

care-elderlyAdults with previously successful communication and swallowing skills may find themselves in a position where this has either deteriorated or they have acquired a communication or swallowing difficulty as the result of stroke or illness. One of our adult specialist speech pathologists, will discuss your needs with you and determine whether an assessment of skills is warranted as well as negotiating where this might best take place. The areas of concern, which can be addressed, include:

 

  • Language and speech rehabilitation after stroke
  • Dysphagia or swallowing issues
  • Adult Voice concerns
  • Fluency or stuttering
  • Support groups for stroke
  • Degenerative communication issues
  • Support groups for clients with degenerative issues e.g. Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone Disease
  • Communication in relation to cleft palate issues

 

 

What happens after you phone or email?

 

A speech pathologist will respond to any initial contact personally and if you choose to access the services of this practice, the following will or might happen:

 

  • An appointment for an initial consultation and/or assessment will be arranged
  • Speech Pathologists working within the practice have a range of different skills and, subject to the area of concern and availability of the speech pathologist, you will be placed with the best person to meet your needs
  • Questionnaires regarding your communication skills may be sent to you or your carers, prior to the assessment to ensure that a full picture of the presenting swallowing or communication skills is gained
  • Costs will be explained if you are not already familiar with them
  • You will be encouraged to confirm your private health cover or (if appropriate) explore the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Package or government National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • You may be eligible to receive Carers allowance from Centre-link which is provided to support families in meeting the costs of communication or therapy for individuals with significant needs
  • The practice has a HICAPS/EFTPOS machine and health insurance claims for most funds can be made at the time of payment
  • Following the assessment or at a time, which is negotiated with you, a full written report will be provided. This report is included as a part of the initial consultation fee and is not an additional charge.
  • Arrangements for ongoing therapy are made based on your capacity to afford and attend sessions, although cancellation fees may apply if you fail to attend a session without reasonable notice.
  • Discounts are available for low-income families who have proof of health care card.
  • Nursing home visits are offered

 

Speech Pathologists working for Good Prospects Speech Pathology are registered as Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Providers for those families who have been approved under this plan by their GP to receive a rebate for up to 5, 10 or 20 sessions depending on diagnosis.

 

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Please see the Medicare Allied Health brochure for further details.

 

Our practice is registered with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  Please use their access checker at www.ndis.gov.au to see if you may be eligible for this service.

 

Further information is available in the other areas of this website so please feel free to explore or download the current brochure for later reading.

 

We are committed to multi-disciplinary work and make active efforts to link with other professionals involved in the management of clients who may or may not have multiple health needs

 

Speech Pathologists in the practice have had experience providing professional development to General Practice Network meetingsand has been published in newsletters for such networks.  Information sharing and professional development between about health professions is considered very important by this practice.

 

Any opportunities to promote the speech pathology profession and provide information regarding current practice in the areas of adult communication and swallowing are welcomed and will not necessarily incur a charge. Please contact Diana Bleby at the practice directly if you would like someone to come to a network meeting or similar.