Why is an assessment needed?

Before a professional is able to develop an individual plan that effeciently addresses the individual needs of your child they need to understand your child's skills and areas of challenge. Without this level of understanding intervention is 'hit and miss' and is likely to result in more time and financial resources being spent to reach the necessary goals.  While an appropriate assessment involves an investment from families initially, it is ultimately more cost effective than engaging in therapy that isn't targeting the needed areas accurately.

Professionals invest a lot of time in the assessment process outside of the time you spend with them.  They read notes, select and prepare assessment materials and after the assessment score and interpret the information. Detailed information about what happens in an assessment is included on this assessment page

To provide families with more options for the level of written reporting and funding they require to start their child in therapy we seperate out the cost of the written reports. This enables families who don't need a written report to save the costs associated with the clinician writing the report, and frees up clinicians to complete more direct work with children who need services. You can discuss whether you need a report with your clinician during your assessment session to ensure you have the information you need to make the right decision for you. 

Speech Pathology & Occupational Therapy Assessment

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The time required to complete assessment varies depending on the age of the child, how they manage the assessment process and the information that is needed to establish their needs. The chart below provides a starting point of assessments and costs associated with the service.  The assessment sessions are billed at the rate of $160 per hour.

Type of assessment Typical time frame required
Initial appointment where assessment was completed in last 6 months and report has sufficient information to plan therapy 1 hour
Fluency assessment with a speech pathologist 1.5 hours
Communication assessment with a child aged under 5 years of age 1.5 hours
Communication assessment with a school aged child 2 hours
Feeding / Picky eaters assessment 1.5 hours
Occupational therapy assessment 1.5 to 2 hours

 

A written report is able to be made available and are billed as seperate items. Charges for reports and letters are detailed below.  Please note that written reports are not eligible for rebates from Medicare or health insurance companies at this stage. 

 

Type of report Time allowed Cost associated
No written report Test scored but no documentation produced included in cost of session
Score sheet only 15 mins $42.50
Programs, learning plans etc. 30 mins $85.00
Full written report including recommendations and strategies 1 hour $170.00

 * please note that written reports are only able to be requested within 2 weeks of the final assessment date and need to be paid for at the time of request. We highly recommend a written report so you have a documented record of the assessment outcomes. A written report will enable you to share the information collected with other involved professionals and to assist in supporting requests for funding or supports. 

Fee schedule for Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy

Length of assessment Cost with no report Cost with scores only Cost with full written report
1 hour $170 $212.50 $340
1.5 hours $255 $297.50 $425
2 hours $340 $382.50 $510

A $75 deposit is required to book time for an initial assessment.  The deposit will be deducted from the amount due for payment on the day of the assessment.

*Where we need to bill services through the NDIA portal we will bill the current NDIA rate.  Please contact us for further information. 

Psychology Assessment

If your child requires a learning, cognitive or educational assessment by a psychologist please enquire as to appointment availability.  A quote will be provided for you if we are able to accomodate the assessment in the psychologist's calendar.

Autism Spectrum Assessment Fees

Note that rebates may be available from your private health fund or Medicare. When a rebate applies families pay for all of the service upfront and Medicare pays back a rebate directly to the family. For more information, see Autism Funding.

Assessment Type Fee     2017        Medicare Gap*  
Individual Assessment (for 2x 1 hour sessions) $600 $460 (approx.)  
Joint Assessment (morning and afternoon on same day)  $1100 $820 (approx.)  

*Out of pocket expense with maximum possible Medicare rebates.

 

 

 

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