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Appointment fees for Feeding services

 

Appointment type Cost Included
Feeding assessment screener

90mins

 

$280(1 appointment) Background feeding history discussion.Feeding assessment (oral motor, chewing and swallowing assessment).

Feeding plan written during the session.

Summary letter to your GP

Complex feeding assessment

120mins

 

$400 (2 hourly appointments in total) Extensive Background feeding history and discussion.Feeding assessment (oral motor, chewing and swallowing assessment).

Feeding plan written during the session.

Comprehensive Feeding report for your GP and treating teams.

Please bring the following to your first appointment- 1. Background medical and feeding history information such as blue books, medical and allied health reports

2. A range of food and drink for your child eg yoghurt (purée), fruit (eg banana, apple), vegetables (eg Carrot sticks), sandwich and water. Ideally bring a selection of food your child eats well and foods they struggle with or refuse to eat.

3. A video of your child eating at home with the family – a quick video on your phone is ideal.

4. Rebate paperwork eg Medicare EPC GP letters ($52.95 rebate for 5 calendar allied health sessions/year). This needs to be organised with your GP before your feeding appointment.

 

Complex feeding assessments may require 2 appointments and some parents/carers may also prefer to attend by themselves first and then attend a second appointment with their child. This may allow them time to speak about their feeding concerns for their child without their child present. This can be negotiated at the time of booking.

 

If you are using NDIS to pay for your child’s appointment, it is essential that you let your planner know that your child needs to be allocated 2 hours for the feeding assessment and 1 hour for a detailed report (strongly recommended by our Speech Pathology association regulations). If lengthy follow up consultation time is required with your Paediatrician or school, additional time will also be requested. This will need to be approved by your planner BEFORE your appointment. Generally it is a good idea to allocate 3-4 hours assessment time on your child’s plan.

Please understand that the reason NDIS eligible families (self funded or via portal) are charged the higher NDIS rate is because of the added complexity of your child’s feeding needs and additional team communication (phone or email) required. Often this is not billed despite the team contact frequency that Val and Dom undertake in an attempt to ensure the best treatment plan for your child. If you have any questions, please speak with Val and Dom, they always goes above and beyond with all of their patients particularly those that require additional work related to their feeding complexity. 

Lastly if your child requires documented feeding therapy goals and plans for their school or Modified Barium Swallow requests to the hospital, time and payment will be requested to complete this additional paperwork. Thank you for understanding that this paperwork can be very time consuming.

 

Standard feeding therapy session

60mins

 

$155

 

Review of feeding plan

Feeding observation

Revised feeding plan with goals and strategies for home.

SOS feeding session

60mins

$155 with the expectation that you as a parent/carer will also assist with bringing therapy foods for your child after the 1st appointment. If you would prefer not to bring food to the session, you will be charged an additional $5/session. Sensory Warm up – we will liaise with your Occupational Therapist if you have one.

 

Feeding session with a hierarchy of foods including fruits, vegetables and meats with a drink. Parent/Carer participation is essential so if you bring a sibling to the appointment, please understand we will require your attention and involvement during all feeding sessions.

 

Feeding homework with goals and therapy strategies

 

Each session with review homework (essential part of this program) with new goals written at the completion of every therapy session.

 

Please note that if you are using NDIS to pay for your feeding therapy sessions, you will be charged the standard NDIS fee hourly rate. Please understand that this is related to the complexity of your child and additional team communication work (via phone or email) required compared to a standard caseload.

Any additional NDIS feeding review letters requested by your planner will also be charged. Whilst the FaHCSIA “Better Start” package will fund feeding interventions, the “Working with Children with Autism” Package will not and therefore you will need to use other sources of funding to pay for your feeding appointments.

Lastly if your child has allergies that require specialised foods and drink, you will be required to assist with food purchase for sessions. We apologise for the inconvenience.