Eat Speak Learn is a private practice provider. We provide services to private paying clients and are also able to provide services with funding support through:
We will build a personalised treatment plan for your services and create a Service Agreement so that all parties are aware of what services have been agreed to and what any potential costs will be right at the start. We will not charge you for anything that has not been agreed in your Service Agreement.
We are a pay on the day service for those responsible for their own payments (i.e. private paying and NDIS Self-Managed clients). We accept all credit cards and can even provide you with a secure way to store your credit card details on file through Square so that you don’t have to wait around at the end of your appointment!
NDIS Eat Speak Learn is a registered NDIS provider in the ACT. If speech pathology services are part of your NDIS plan, we can assist by providing a range of services to help you meet your goals and objectives.
There are three streams of NDIS funding we accept:
- Agency Managed
We understand that the system can sometimes be complex, confusing and even frustrating. We are big believers in the NDIS and we will help you as best we can to understand and thrive with your plan.
Eat Speak Learn follows a best practice approach to the way we deliver therapy. As such, we will make a recommendation of the required assessments and then therapy before we discuss funding arrangements with you. We want to see your NDIS Plan Goals but we don’t need to see your funding allocation. In the instance that you do not have sufficient funding to cover our recommendation then we will work with you to develop a plan around how to best meet your goals and objectives within the limits of your plan.
Children must first be assessed in order to see if they are eligible for funding, but may be able to access NDIS support if they meet the following criteria:
- Have a permanent disability that significantly affects the ability to take part in everyday activities;
- Are aged less than 65 when they first enter the NDIS;
- Are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa; and
Live in Australia where the NDIS is available.
- They have an impairment or a condition that is likely to be permanent (ie: likely to
- The impairment substantially reduces their ability to participate effectively in activities or perform tasks or actions unless they have assistance from others, technology, assistive equipment etc.
The impairment affects the child’s capacity for social and economic participation
A child is likely to require support under NDIS for the child’s lifetime.
For more information on the NDIS, please visit the NDIS Website or contact them on 1800 800 110.
Chronic Disease Management
Eat Speak Learn is registered with Medicare, which provides a partial rebate for up to 5 Speech Pathology sessions per calendar year for individuals with chronic conditions and complex needs that require a multi-disciplinary approach (treatment from several health professionals).
Eligible conditions are those that are likely to be present for 6 months or longer such as Autism, Dyspraxia, Learning Disorders, Down Syndrome, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Cleft Lip and Palate, Chronic Middle Ear Infections, Intellectual Disability and severe speech or language impairments. For adults these may also include Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Progressive Neurological Diseases (Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s Disease), stuttering, vocal cord pathologies and Dementia.
Clients must obtain a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) referral from their GP who will lodge and complete a GP Management Plan and Team Care Arrangements Plan. Referrals are valid for 12 months and must be in place prior to the commencement of therapy in order to claim. Unused services from the same referral can be used in the following calendar year.
You will be asked to provide the CDM referral prior to your first appointment. A receipt will be issued following full payment of your session at point of service that can then be taken to a Medicare office, uploaded onto the Medicare app or processed in clinic on the spot. The rebate is $52.95 per session, so out of pocket expenses are usually incurred. Please note, clients cannot claim a Medicare rebate and private health care rebate for the same service.
People of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent are eligible for another 5 sessions per calendar year in addition to the 5 annual CDM services. Eligibility criteria is identical to the 5 CDM sessions. The rebate for these additional services is also $52.95 per session.
For more information on the Chronic Disease Management program: Department of Health | Chronic Disease Management Patient Information
Private Health Cover
Eat Speak Learn assessment and therapy sessions can be claimed through Private Health Insurance if you have appropriate extras cover. The rebate amount per session and the number of sessions covered is dependent on your provider and level of cover. The rebate for assessments is usually higher than that for therapy sessions. A typical rebate would be somewhere between $30-$80 per therapy session for 10-16 sessions per calendar year.
Before commencing therapy, please check with your health fund to ensure that the allied health service is included in your cover and the amount you are eligible to claim for each individual assessment and therapy session. A receipt will be issued following your appointment that can then be submitted to your health fund for a rebate or we can process directly through Medipass on the spot.
Eat Speak Learn are proud to deliver services to a whole range of providers. We will work with clients that have third party funding arrangements. We understand that there is often added complexity to the administrative requirements but don’t panic, we’ll work with your case manager on those things so that you can focus on.
Fee Schedule (Commenced 12 August 2019)
Our services are charged at an hourly rate of $193.99 (or less). Services are personalised to each clients needs and generally include a combination of face-to-face time as well as behind the scenes work and follow up activities.
A standard therapy session goes for 60 minutes (45 minutes face to face and 15 minutes of preparation, updating the clients progress notes and any sanitisation of equipment).
Travel is charged at a one way rate of 10, 20 and 30 minute increments. Travel time is negotiated with the therapist when establishing a mobile service. Travel time is inclusive of driving time, difficulty of parking as well as any administrative tasks such as signing into schools or aged care facilities.
|Service Type||Price||What is Included|
|Standard Consultation||$193.99||60 minute session. Includes 45 minutes face to face and 15 minutes of non-face to face supports including session preparation and progress notes.|
|Compact Consultation||$145.49||45 minute session. Includes 30 minutes face to face and 15 minutes of non-face to face supports including session preparation and progress notes.|
|Assessment||$193.99||Per hour of face to face time.|
|Report Writing||$193.99||Per hour of non-face to face time. May include scoring assessments, client specific research and other related activities. Reports to 3rd Parties are GST inclusive.|
|Cancellation||90%||90% of session rate plus any travel conducted for any cancellation or failure to attend with less than 24 hours notice. Cancellation fee may be waived upon provision of a medical certificate.|
|Follow up services||$193.99||Per hour (billed in 5 minute increments). Includes additional reporting and intervention time, professional consultations, program development, resource planning, casefile collation and any phone or email consultation where the clients intervention plan is discussed.|
|Travel||Price||What is Included|
|Travel 10 minutes||$32.33||One way travel to/from appointment|
|Travel 20 minutes||$64.66||One way travel to/from appointment|
|Travel 30 minutes||$97.00||One way travel to/from appointment|
45 minutes face to face with the Practitioner
15 minutes of non-face to face time including preparation and progress notes
We may recommend a longer consultation time if the client’s needs are complex. Additional charges will be in 5-minute increments
We understand that for some of our clients, 45 minutes of face to face time may be difficult to manage. We can offer a Compact session in these circumstances.
30 minutes of face to face time
15 minutes of non-face to face time including preparation and progress notes
Is per hour of non-face to face time which may include
Client specific research
Writing letters to support applications for funding,
Communicating a client’s needs to another setting or professional when requested
And other related activities
Follow up services include:
Correspondence with schools, other health professionals or educators where the client’s intervention plan is discussed
Communicating with the practitioner outside of a scheduled consultation or assessment session
Additional reporting, consultation or assessment time, resource creation and program development.
Our cancellation fee is 90% of the consultation or assessment plus any travel conducted. This is if a cancellation is made with less than 24 hours’ notice or failure to attend the scheduled appointment.