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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need a referral from my doctor? 

No, you do not need a referral from a GP to see any of the clinicians at Murrumbidgee Allied Health Services. In some situations a referral from your GP is necessary with a Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM) in order to process the Medicare rebate.

What will happen at my first appointment?  

No, you do not need a referral from a GP to see any of the clinicians at Murrumbidgee Allied Health Services. In some situations a referral from your GP is necessary with a Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM) in order to process the Medicare rebate.

Do I need to bring anything with me to my first appointment? 

No, you do not need a referral from a GP to see any of the clinicians at Murrumbidgee Allied Health Services. In some situations a referral from your GP is necessary with a Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM) in order to process the Medicare rebate.

Do you have weekend or evening appointments available? 

Generally, no. We only schedule regular appointments Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm. 

Occasionally, we may run a weekend clinic, but this is not every weekend.

Do you have a waiting list? How long will I have to wait? 

Yes we do have a waiting list for all therapy services.

Our team is committed to supporting as many people as we can, while maintaining high quality service and sustainable workloads. But we can’t help everyone at once.

When we receive new inquiries, we gather as much information as we can to help us prioritise the kind of support a person might need and how urgent their needs are. We can also provide contact details for other services which may be able to help you sooner.

 

We prioritise our waiting list based on a range of clinical factors including how urgent or high-risk a person’s needs are, their geographical location, the skills or experience of our clinicians, and the length of time they have been waiting. Sometimes, this means that we see people who have not been waiting as long before we see people who have been on the waiting list for a long time. 

 

While you are waiting

 

Other strategies we use to help more families are our therapy assistant programs, group programs, or DIY home programs. Clinicians will recommend these following assessment if they believe they would be a good fit for your child and family.

 

It is really hard for us to accurately tell how long it will be before we can see a potential client.

Some people only need help for a short time, others have lifelong conditions and will need help on and off throughout their lives. This means that we can’t tell just by looking at the list of people waiting to see us how long it will be before we see you or your child. We offer assessments to people who have not seen a speech pathologist before to identify the nature of their challenges and best options for treatment. The reports we write often have practical strategies for supporting your child at home, at preschool or school, or while out in the community. You can use these practical strategies while you may be waiting for a regular therapy appointment. We can often identify through an assessment whether a person needs to see other professionals, or whether they may be eligible for funding to cover the cost of therapy. This means you can use the time waiting for speech pathology to gain funding or see other specialists.

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