Difficulty swallowing, problems chewing and voice or communication problems can be common issues to arise from cancer and its treatment. Such issues can be helped with the input of a Speech Therapist. If left undetected or untreated these problems can impact significantly on quality of life.
Who should see a Speech Therapist?
Speech Therapy can be useful for certain types of cancer. These include:
Head & Neck cancers
You can come and see our Speech therapist with or without a referral. It is a good idea to visit your GP to discuss coming to a Speech Therapist and to find out if you are eligible for a Chronic Diseases Management Plan. This is a Medicare initiative and will allow you to receive a rebate at your appointments.
Making an appointment
To make an appointment please call Lift on (08) 7231 8000. In most cases we will be able to provide you an appointment within 1-2 weeks.
Initial Visit: $120 (60 minutes)
Subsequent Visit: $90 (30 minutes)
A rebate of $53.80 from Medicare will apply if you have a Chronic Disease Management Plan (this is something you can talk to your GP about)
Alternatively, you may be able to claim through your private health insurer (under your extras cover).
Please ask the Lift staff for more details if you are unsure of what your out of pocket cost will be.