SERVICE AGREEMENT

1. Parties

and South Australia Speech and Hearing Centre (SASHC) Pty Ltd.

and will include any gap periods that may arise for the duration between plans.

2. THE NDIS AND THIS SERVICE AGREEMENT

This Service Agreement is made for providing supports under the Participant’s NDIS plan. The parties agree that this Service Agreement is made in the context of the NDIS, which is a scheme that aims to:

  • Support the independence and social and economic participation of people with disability; and

  • Enable people with a disability to exercise choice and control in the pursuit of their goals and the planning and delivery of their supports.

3. Schedule of Supports

The provider agrees to provide the participant speech pathology and audiological support (if required) for the duration of the NDIS plan, and any ensuing gap periods that may occur between NDIS plans. This service may include administration of assessments for the purpose of evaluation of therapy outcomes and goal setting, provision of written assessment reports and/or progress reports if needed.

The provider will adhere to the pricing guidelines of the NDIS and this will be detailed in the Schedule of Supports below. The supports, explanations and their prices are set out in the NDIS Price Guide and Support Catalogue: https://www.ndis.gov.au/providers/price-guides-and-information .

All prices are GST inclusive (if applicable) and include the cost of providing the supports.

The pricing structure is updated by the NDIS annually. Any relevant changes to the alterations to the pricing structure made by the NDIS will apply to the payment structure laid out within the participant’s NDIS plan.

Non face-to-face activities pertaining to the provision of the participant’s therapy and treatment will also form part of the therapeutic supports. Examples of these include up to 10 minutes for resource generation, planning and note management.

Additional expenses (such as items that are not included as part of a participant’s NDIS supports) are the responsibility of the participant or the participant’s representative and are not included in the cost of the supports. Examples include fees for any sessions requested that exceeds the number of sessions allowed for in the NDIS plan.

4. Responsibilities of the Provider

The responsibilities of the provider are as follows:

  • review the provision of supports at least 6-monthly with the participant/participant representative;

  • Provide the participant with services agreed upon where possible at a time that suits the participant;

  • communicate openly and honestly in a timely manner;

  • treat the participant with courtesy and respect;

  • consult the participant on decisions about how supports are provided;

  • give the participant information about managing any complaints or disagreements and details of the provider cancellation policy (if applicable);

  • listen to the participant’s feedback and resolve problems quickly;

  • give the participant a minimum of 24 hours’ notice if the provider has to change a scheduled appointment to provide supports (except in cases of clinician illness or emergency where such notice may not be possible)

  • give the participant the required notice if the provider needs to end this Service Agreement (see ‘ Ending this Service Agreement’ below for more information);

  • Provide participants with a summary progress report to be available at the participant’s NDIS review meeting.

5. Responsibilities of the Participant

The responsibilities of the participant are as follows:

  • inform the provider about how they wish the supports to be delivered to meet the participant’s needs;

  • treat the provider with courtesy and respect;

  • discuss with the provider if the participant has any concerns about the supports being provided;

  • give the provider as much notice of possible if the participant cannot make a scheduled appointment. Cancellation fees incurred are covered by the NDIS from the participant’s funding. Please refer to the pricing structure and support catalogue for the current NDIS cancellation policy, as this is subject to change;

  • give the provider the required notice if the participant needs to end the Service Agreement (see ‘ Ending this Service Agreement’ below for more information)

  • let the provider know immediately if the participant’s NDIS plan is suspended or replaced by a new NDIS plan or the participant stops being a participant in the NDIS;

  • provide the provider a copy of the letter and relevant paperwork from NDIS regarding extended plans or ceased plans.

  • advise the provider 2 months before the review planning meeting with NDIS to allow the provider time to organise a review summary for the NDIS in a timely manner.

6. Cancellations

The Provider will send out reminders for all scheduled appointments, however, no shows and appointments cancelled within the short notice period (defined by the NDIS as less than 2 clear business days) from the scheduled time will incur a fee of 100% of the agreed fee associated with the activity from the Participant's plan. 

7. Payments

The provider willseek payment for their provision of supports approved by the participant/participant’s representative in the participant’s service delivery plan after the provision of each support. Please note, SASHC is not registered with the NDIS, and as such we cannot claim for Agency Managed patients.

If "Plan Managed" was selected, please provide details below

8. Communication

In order to provide a coordinated service, the provider will communicate with other providers engaged in supports to the participant as required during the duration of this plan. Permission forms will need to be completed by the participant/participant representative prior to release of information or communication between agencies. If the participant’s representative does not wish the provider to have contact with other providers, this will be specified in writing.

9. Attendance

The participant’s regular and timely attendance to therapy sessions is required to help the participant work towards their goals. The provider may be required to end this Service Agreement and cease therapy if there are significant patterns of non-attendance.

Participant appointment times are set in agreement between the provider and the participant/participant representative; it is anticipated that participants attend sessions at the allocated times. The provider will send reminders and confirmation text messages to support attendance; however, the provider reserves the right to refuse or provide a shorter session if the participant is late to sessions.

The parties (provider and participant) agree to discuss and review this Service Agreement if changes to the supports are required. The parties agree that any significant changes to this Service Agreement will be in writing, signed, and dated by the parties.

10. Ending this Service Agreement

Should either party wish to end this Service Agreement 2 weeks’ notice will need to be provided in writing. If either party seriously breaches this Service Agreement the requirement of notice will be waived.

11. Feedback, Complaints and Disputes

If the participant wishes to offer the provider feedback, the participant is invited to contact the Practice Manager/Director by leaving a message via the reception desk on 08 8272 9997 or emailing info@sashc.com.au

For all complaints, the participant is invited to contact the Practice Manager/Director by leaving a message via the reception desk on 08 8272 9997. If the participant is not satisfied or does not wish to discuss the matter with the Practice Manager, the participant is invited to contact the National Disability Insurance Agency by calling 1800 800 110, visiting one of the NDIS offices in person, or visiting ndis.gov.au for further information.

12. Goods and Service Tax (GST)

For the purposes of GST legislation, the Parties confirm that:

  • a supply of supports under this Service Agreement is a supply of one or more of the reasonable and necessary supports specified in the statement included, under subsection 33(2) of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act), in the participant’s NDIS plan currently in effect under section 37 of the NDIS Act;

  • the participant’s NDIS plan is expected to remain in effect during the period the supports are provided; and

  • the participant’s representative will immediately notify the provider if the participant’s NDIS Plan is replaced by a new plan or the participant stops being a participant in the NDIS.

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14. Contact Details

Participant/Participant Representative Contact Details

Provider Contact

Contact Name

South Australia Speech and Hearing Centre Pty Ltd

Phone

08 8272 9997

Fax

08 8272 9995

E-mail

info@sashc.com.au

Address

408 Goodwood Road, Cumberland Park, SA 5041

15. Agreement Signatures

The parties agree to the terms and conditions of this Service Agreement.

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Provider Name : South Australia Speech and Hearing Centre Pty Ltd