Children with an eligible disability can be referred by a GP (item number 139) or specialist or consultant physician (item number 137) for the following allied health services:
- Up to four diagnostic/assessment services from allied health professionals including Speech Pathologists to assist the referring practitioner with diagnosis or to contribute to a child's treatment and management plan (for a child under 13 years of age). - item number 82005 for Speech Pathologist
- Up to twenty treatment services from an allied health professional including a Speech Pathologist (for a child under 15 years of age, providing a treatment and management plan is in place before their 13th birthday). NB: These are the total number of services available to each child through the Better Start Medicare program – not an annual entitlement. - item number 82020 for Speech Pathologist
The referral may be a letter or note to the Speech Pathologist, signed and dated by the referring practitioner. Each referral is valid for a maximum of 10 sessions. Following the completion of sessions, the Speech Pathologist will provide a report to the practitioner who will then deicide on the need for further treatment. Please note that clients require a separate referral for each allied health provider and each separate course of treatment.
The information in this pamphlet is a collective summary of potential funding options as at 8.12.2014. For up to date accuracy, please consult your healthcare professional or the appropriate funding mechanism website.