Frequently Asked Questions

Private Speech Pathologists Association of WA
Do I need a referral?
A medical referral is not a requirement for assessment and treatment by a private Speech Pathologist, but is of course much appreciated. Correspondence from other providers of services to the client is also most welcome.

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?
Fees set by providers are based on the type of service provided (e.g. assessment, therapy, report) and the duration of the session. If families are privately insured, they may receive a rebate, dependent on their level of cover. A Medicare rebate may also be available. Some people choose to consult a private practitioner without private health insurance.

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.
How do I find a private Speech Pathologist?
Click HERE to find a Speech Pathologist.