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May 20, 2020 News


News regarding Clinic Re-opening

The beginning of Term 3 in South Australia will be on Monday the 20th of July* We will begin to see clients face to face again in the clinic after this date.

When we re-open we will still be observing social distancing measures including:

  • Everyone Keeping a 1.5 m distance between all people in the clinic.
  • Waiting in building lobby if waiting room becomes too full to maintain a 1.5m distance. (There is extra furniture in the building lobby now) Alternatively please wait in your car or pop to shops next door if waiting for a child in therapy and our waiting room is too full.
  • Extra cleaning and sanitizing in the clinic
  • Food will still not be prepared in the clinic and wrapped lollies only may be provided to clients.
  • Soft Drink and Bottled Water is ok to distribute to clients.

Reception will head back earlier to work from the clinic from Tuesday June 9*

Sara (our new receptionist) will work in the clinic Monday,Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Brooke will mainly work from home but will be present on Wednesdays in the clinic from now on.

If you have questions about our clinic re-opening please email:

*These dates are providing there are no more major outbreaks of COVID 19 in South Australia between now and then

Posted 20 May 2020


March 29, 2019 News

This is just a quick note to all of our clients to stress the need for therapy to be regular.

NDIS has confused things for many people. A lot of our clients are using the amount of NDIS funding they receive to dictate how many therapy sessions they come along for.

From 1979 (when this speech therapy practice opened) until 2013 (when NDIS started up in SA), most clients were 100% responsible for therapy fees. Now NDIS is helping out enormously with fees for many of our clients but, unfortunately, the whole therapy process is not going as well as it did before NDIS. We have found many of our clients are not making as much progress in therapy since the introduction of NDIS because they are having huge breaks from therapy – sometimes for months.

These breaks from therapy mean that a lot of the previous learning is lost and work has to be gone over again and again to try and make up for the breaks. As a result, we see less progress and therapy needs to go on for much longer. For example, a break of three months might mean an extra year of therapy.

We realise that some breaks are unavoidable due to illness, overseas travel and so forth. But, we really stress that if you are in Adelaide and can get to the clinic, please avoid breaks from therapy whenever you can.

Ideally, therapy needs to be at least once a week – aiming for around 48 sessions a year. Some of our NDIS clients are attending less than 30 sessions.

You will need to pay for the sessions not covered by NDIS – but this amount is very, very small compared to pre-NDIS days. In the long run, you will get much more out of therapy and it will be much more economical for everyone if therapy is regular.

Christmas is around the corner. The clinic usually closes for 4-5 weeks. Please keep your Christmas break from therapy as short as possible.

Finally, please try and make up any therapy sessions that you need to miss.

We have a great clinic with wonderful therapists and fantastic resources but we can only do our job if our clients come along regularly.

The Team at Virginia Hill Speech Pathology


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