Telepractice Services for Speech Pathology

What is Telehealth? Is it different to Telepractice? 

Speech Pathologists use these terms to mean the same thing. A health service is provided using telecommunication technology and allows the Speech Pathologist and you to be in  two different locations. 

Is it as effective as face to face therapy?

There is growing evidence that, when Speech Pathologists and clients use good practices, many Telepractice services can be as effective as in-person services. 

How does Telepractice work?

Most Telepractice services happen through a live, videoconferencing meeting with your Speech Pathologist. 

Your experienced Speech Pathologist will use different tools to make sure the service looks and feels as close to an onsite service as possible. 

What do I need to do to make Telepractice work? 

Some common resources and equipment that will make telepractice successful includes:

A device such as a desktop computer, laptop or tablet.

An internet connection. 

A location that is quiet, well-lit and free of distractions. 

A support person to help with any technological issues, support the session with observations, recording data. 

Can NDIS funds be used for Telepractice services with Speech Pathology? Yes. 

Can Medicare rebates apply  to Telepractice services for Speech Pathology? The Department of Health has announced new, temporary MBS telehealth allied health items (including Speech Pathology) for clients who have a valid referral for the period of 13 March to 30th September 2020. 

Will my private health fund cover telepractice services for Speech Pathology? An increasing number of Private Health Funds do permit customers who have the appropriate extras cover to claim for services delivered through Telepractice. Check with your provider to ask about coverage. 

Source: Speech Pathology Australia FAQs from the general public information sheet April 2020. 

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