Frequently Asked Questions
You can find our most frequently asked questions about what to expect, what to bring and how much an appointment will cost below. Below that you can learn more about our fees. If you cannot find what you’re after feel free to contact us via the form on this page or Contact Us. We are here to help!
No you do not need a doctor’s referral to access speech pathology services. We do however strongly recommend that you are seen by either an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist or other medical physician to assess for any medical condition that may be causing or contributing to your voice, swallowing or breathing problem. If you are unsure about this, please feel free to contact the clinic and we can discuss this with you further.
This will depend on your reason for seeing us. Your speech pathologist can discuss this with you after conducting evaluation of your voice, swallowing or upper airway disorder. Many patients can be treated effectively in 6 sessions or less.
In most cases we will have received a referral from your doctor but please bring any relevant medical examinations and reports with you.
It is also helpful to bring:
- Your phone to record any exercises for home practice
- Your private health insurance card to claim your benefit
- A bottle of water
- Plenty of questions! We’re here to help you
Our speech pathologists are trained in the anatomy and function of the respiratory system and upper airway. We work with you to manage triggers for your cough and teach you strategies for minimising and eliminating the cough.
Voice therapy is not just for singers. Voice problems can occur at any stage of life to anyone who uses their voice. If you find your voice doesn’t work the way you would like it to, we are here to help.
Our speech pathologists are very experienced in caring for singers and actors who rely on their voice to confidently hit the stage. In the case of sudden voice loss, it is usually best that you are assessed by an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon (ENT) who will give an accurate diagnosis and we will work with them to tailor your recovery. We understand the nature of performance schedules and that this often needs to happen quickly. Please call the clinic on 8472 6123 or email email@example.com after hours and we will do our best to accommodate you.
At Adelaide Voice Therapy, professional voice users will work with our principal speech pathologist, Miriam Voortman. Miriam is also a skilled vocalist with extensive industry experience. We respect that you have honed your craft over many years and work alongside you to fine-tune your voice, efficiency, and load to reduce the risk of injury and support you for a long career in your chosen field.
Yes you can! Adelaide Voice Therapy provides telehealth for patients across Australia who are unable to attend our clinic in person. You will need to have access to a camera on your phone or computer for the session. No special software is required. We will send you a link to access a video call during your appointment time. It’s simple to use and an effective tool for therapy.
Medicare does not routinely provide a rebate for speech pathology services however you may be eligible for subsidised sessions under a Chronic Disease Management Plan. This will need to be arranged by your GP with Adelaide Voice Therapy listed as your service provider.
The current rebate under a Chronic Disease Management Plan is $56. You will need to make payment of the full consultation fee as per the fee schedule on the day of the consultation and then claim the rebate directly from Medicare.
We see patients who are self-managed or plan-managed. Please call the clinic on 8472 6123 to discuss your needs prior to booking an appointment.
Therapy is conducted in one-on-one sessions with your treating speech pathologist. In your initial appointment, we will take a thorough history to understand your background and establish your goals for treatment. You will be provided with a personalised therapy program to address your specific issues and goals, including any additional tools that will aid your recovery. Please bring your phone to your appointment as this is often a great tool for recording therapy exercises for you.
There is a growing body of research to suggest that voice therapy after vocal cord surgery can improve surgical outcomes. If you are having surgery to the larynx (voice box), we encourage you to see your speech pathologist for a session before your surgery to set up a program for your recovery.
Your surgeon will specify a time for voice rest immediately after your surgery. We then work with your surgeon to establish optimal timeframes for voice rehabilitation and provide a guided and graduated return to your usual vocal load. We also monitor your voice during the recovery phase and alert your surgeon if your vocal recovery is not improving as anticipated.
A tailored vocal rehabilitation program ensures the best possible outcome from your surgery.
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Most consultations are inclusive of report writing, liaison with other health providers and coordination of your care. If complex coordination or reporting is required, we will discuss additional costs with you prior to proceeding. All fees are payable on the day of service. Private health fund claiming through HICAPS is available. Please contact your health fund directly to enquire about your eligibility.
- Initial Consultation
- Standard Review Consultation
- Extended Review Consultation
You may check your rebate with your health fund by quoting the following item codes:
- Initial Consultation – Item code 310
- Standard Review Consultation – Item code 340
- Extended Review Consultation – Item code 350