When changing habits practice makes perfect

Speech Pathology can improve your pronunciation, irrespective of the cause

A recipe for success in therapy: Fun

A recipe for success in therapy: Family Involvement

Acccurate diagnosis is key

A thorough assessment is critical for a clear diagnosis

Computer Apps can help with practice

Orofacial Myofunctional Practice can enhance facial aesthetics

Orofacial Myofunctional Practice can help you change oral habits

Speech Pathology can help you to overcome your communication challenges

Orofacial Myofunctional Practice modifies swallowing, chewing and breathing habits

Referrals and Appointments

How to refer:

Refer yourself or a family member: call or email.

Referral from a health professional: A referral will be written by your medical, dental or health practitioner, outlining the reason for your referral. The specialist will send a letter or you may bring it along with you to the appointment.

Appointments

How to make an appointment: call or email.

Information required to make an appointment:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Contact number: home mobile work
  • Email
  • Name of referring doctor or health professional
  • Is this a self-referral? Please specify:
  • Reason for the referral, please specify one of the following:
    Speech Pathology: voice, fluency, articulation, hearing impairment, early feeding difficulty, early language delay
    Orofacial Myofunctional Practice: describe the problem briefly

What happens at an appointment?

DROP-IN 30-minute

NOT SURE if you need a full assessment? Call or email Wellspoken to schedule a 30 minute DROP IN appointment.  It may be helpful to discuss whether a full assessment is required,  if Wellspoken is the right clinic for you and what type of assessment is right for your situation: communication, voice, speech, swallowing or orofacial myofunctional difficulty. The Wellspoken team will help you decide the urgency of the difficulty and the best next steps. If you have made a DROP-IN appointment this will allow you time to discuss your concerns without committing to a full assessment. 

Assessment 90 minutes

Assessment is specifically tailored to your difficulties and will be prepared for you depending on the problem stated in your referral. If you have any previous reports relevant to your referral, including Medical,Dental, Orthodontic, Audiology or any previous Speech Pathology reports, please send before your appointment or bring copies with you.

When you arrive, you will fill out a questionnaire, which will take around 15 minutes.  You  will then attend a detailed interview and assessment with your Speech Pathologist. Following assessment, collation of results will form the basis of treatment planning and a decision on any further assessment that may be required. A tailor-made program will be designed to help you overcome your difficulties. Your 90 minute session includes face:face time and treatment planning by your Speech Pathologist.

Treatment 30 minutes

Most treatment sessions are scheduled for 30-minute time slots, unless by joint decision it is decided that longer therapy sessions are required. This may be more likely with patients who are on monthly appointments or who live remotely. Treatment sessions longer than 30-minutes, could be 45-60 minutes.

Home practice and family support, depending on your age and difficulty, will be essential to a successful outcome. In addition, your referring doctor may take a special interest in your progress and once you have been in therapy (4-8 sessions), a formal review of your progress will be made.

What to bring

If attending an assessment, bring any previous reports from other health professionals including results of hearing tests, medication lists, previous Speech Pathology or other assessments. You may also be asked to bring a favourite snack so that eating skills may be observed in the session.

Remote Consultations: What if I live far away?

Telehealth options for treatment may be offered.

Health funds and MC rebates

You may be eligible for rebate through your Health Fund. To understand your entitlement, please call your Health Fund and query what rebates are available for Speech Pathology Assessment and Therapy, including the rebate cut-off point.

If you think you are eligible for Medicare support, talk to your GP, who will be able to advise you about entitlement to support called Team Care Arrangement also known as Enhanced Primary Care, or other funding.

If you are self-managing funds for NDIS or Early Intervention initiatives, you can opt for private Speech Pathology services with Wellspoken. 

Cancellation Policy

Your Wellspoken Speech Pathologist is preparing for your visit minimum 2 days prior to your scheduled appointment. Failure to give 48 hours notice to cancellation of an initial 90-minute appointment means that your appointed consultation time can not be easily offered to another patient waiting and will incur the full  Initial Consultation fee.

Minimum 48-hour notice to cancellation is also required for therapy sessions, so that your allocated time can be offered to someone else on our waiting list. Appointments that are not cancelled in the time frame and can not be offered to other patients, will incur a full session fee.

Professional Supervision

Professional Supervision is available for Dental, Orthodontic and Speech Pathology professionals wishing to establish learning, supervision or case discussion opportunities in Orofacial Myofunctional practice. Please contact Wellspoken for more details.

Not sure if you need a full assessment? Drop In to discuss your concerns about your communication, swallowing or Orofacial Myofunctional difficulty

Contact

Call or email to refer yourself or a family member