Frequently Asked QuestionsPrivate Speech Pathologists Association of WA
Do I need a referral?
If a General Practitioner considers a client to have a “chronic” medical condition requiring more than one type of allied health intervention, the GP may provide a special referral. For further information please speak to your GP.
Veterans who want to access speech pathology services need a referral from their GP.
How much do private Speech Pathology services cost?
It is advisable the patients are aware of both the fees charged by a provider and their level of health cover, prior to making appointments. This will enable them to make a realistic assessment of the costs involved.
How do I choose a Speech Pathologist?
Members of the PSPAWA work in a range of suburbs and settings and have different experiences and interest areas. You may consider asking the following questions when deciding which Speech Pathologist to contact:
- Do you need a Speech Pathologist with an interest in a particular field?
- How far do you wish to travel?
- Would you like the option of home, school or nursing home visits?
- What does the service cost and is there a choice of payment options (e.g. cash, cheque or credit card facilities)?
- What parking is available?
- If you need access for a pram or wheelchair, is this available?
- It is acceptable to ask these questions before making an appointment with any Speech Pathologist who is a member of the PSPAWA.