Seeing a Speech Pathologist
Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) provides information about how to find and choose a speech pathologist. In addition, on this page, is information about fees, funding and rebates for speech pathology services; and answers to commonly asked questions about speech pathology services.
How do I Choose a Speech Pathologist?
The Choosing a Speech Pathologist Information Sheet provides general information and range of questions that you can ask a speech pathologist to find out if they can address your needs.
How Do I Find a Speech Pathologist?
Speech Pathology Australia provides a searchable listing of speech pathologists. Use the Find a Speech Pathologist Search.
This is a listing of members of Speech Pathology Australia that have agreed to have their contact details made available to the general public. Searching the directory allows you to search for a speech pathologist in a specific locality.
Please note: Staff at the Association are not able to recommend a speech pathologist, answer specific questions to assist with a diagnosis or treatment or recommend specific treatments. Such questions should be directed to a speech pathologist and in particular to a member of the Association listed in the directory.
Is Speech Pathology a Registered Profession?
Speech pathology is a self-regulated profession. This means that membership of Speech Pathology Australia is the only real way of knowing that a speech pathologist has the necessary level of training and recency of practice to work as a speech pathologist. View the Speech Pathology is a Self-regulated Profession Information Sheet .
What are the Expected Fees for Speech Pathology Sessions?
Public speech pathology services are generally free though there may sometimes be a co-payment from the service and client.
Private speech pathologists can determine their own fee schedule. When determining a fee schedule, speech pathologists may base these fees on factors such as costs to run the business, their experience, and the like. Speech Pathology Australia does not have a recommended schedule of fees for speech pathologists.
Speech pathologists may charge different fees for a range of services including assessment, therapy (individual or group), attendance at meetings, telehealth consultations, report writing, travel, presentations, non-attendance at a session, provision of materials, additional administrative tasks, and the like.
If you have funding from other rebateable services such as Helping Children with Autism (HCWA), Better Start, the NDIS, then the fee the speech pathologist charges may be capped.
What Rebates and Funded Programs are Available for Speech Pathology?
The Speech Pathology Fees, Rebates and Funded Programs Information Sheet provides information about speech pathology fees, rebates available through Medicare (including items for Complex and Chronic Conditions and the Helping Children with Autism and Better Start programs), funded programs (including the NDIS, Helping Children with Autism and Better Start). and other funding sources (including private health insurance, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Workcover and the National Australian Defence Force Academy Family Health program).
How Does a Speech Pathologist Assess a Client?
Find out what types of assessments a speech pathologist can conduct, standard procedures for conducting an assessment and general information about the assessment process and reports. Learn more about Speech Pathology Assessments and Reports .
Where Can I Find Information about the Association’s Position on Specific Clinical Issues?
The Association's Position Statements provide more information about clinical and workplace issues relevant to the speech pathology profession.
The Association also has a range of Fact Sheets: that provide general information about important topics in speech pathology.
The Association's FAQ sheets answer commonly asked questions about specific clinical areas:
How Do I Make a Complaint or Talk to Someone if I have any Concerns?
If you have any concerns about your speech pathology services, learn more about the Association's Code of Ethics or Making a Complaint.