Do I need a referral?

You do not need a referral. You can call or email and Kylie will book you in for the next available appointment. It is however worthwhile discussing your feeding concerns with your child’s GP or Paediatrician.

Is there much of a wait to get an appointment?

Waiting times vary depending on the time of the year and your availability. You can usually get an initial appointment within three to six weeks. I also have a cancellation list.

What days are you available?

I am currently at my Caringbah rooms every Tuesday from 9 am until 2 pm and every Saturday from 8.30 am until 5 pm. I am also available once a month on a Wednesday from 9 am until 2 pm and fortnightly on a Thursday from 9 am until 1 pm.

Home and preschool visits are available on alternate Thursdays from 9 am until 3 pm.

Hospital appointments are available Monday to Friday depending on availability.

Can I claim a rebate for my appointment?

Private Health Insurance – If you have private health insurance and are covered for Speech Pathology you can claim your rebate on the day of the assessment using HICAPS. The rebate varies depending on the health fund.

Medicare – In order to claim a rebate from Medicare, you need a Chronic Disease Management Plan (formerly known as an Enhanced Primary Care Plan). This is completed by your GP and allows you to claim $52.95 for up to five speech pathology sessions. You will need to discuss with the GP if your child is eligible for this plan.

Can I use Fahcsia or Better Start funding to pay for your services?

Yes, you can. Please bring along your child’s approval letter and ensure that there are sufficient funds available for the assessment. Please see the fee schedule under NDIS in Services.

Are you a NDIA approved provider?

Yes I am. When meeting with your NDIA planner and setting goals for your child, you will need to have a goal for their feeding. It is recommended that you allocate two hours for the feeding assessment and one hour for the report.

Why is the NDIS rate higher?

All families that are eligible for NDIS, both self-managed or NDIA managed, are charged the higher NDIS rate. This is due to the complex nature of your child’s feeding difficulties and the additional time spent in communications, both over the phone and via email with other members of your child’s team.