Please note – you do not require a referral to make an appointment with any of our clinicians.

NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme)

The NDIS can provide all people with disability with information and connections to services in their communities such as doctors, sporting clubs, support groups, libraries and schools, as well as information about what support is provided by each state and territory government.

https://www.ndis.gov.au/understanding/how-ndis-works

Supports that are funded by the NDIS

https://www.ndis.gov.au/understanding/supports-funded-ndis

Mental Health Care Plan (Medicare)

To obtain a Medicare rebate, a written referral from your GP, Paediatrician or Psychiatrist is required. The current Medicare rebates for child and adult therapy is $84.80 for up to 10 individual sessions and 10 group sessions in a calendar year. On the spot Medicare claiming is available.

For further information regarding rebates through Medicare please visit: www.health.gov.au

Or visit the Australian Psychology Society website: www.psychology.org.au/medicare/fact_sheet

Chronic Disease Management Items -previously the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Program

The chronic disease management (CDM) Medicare items are part of a government initiative that assists people living with a chronic and/or complex medical illness. Medicare rebates are available for treatment from allied health professionals who are assisting in managing the illness. Clients have complex care needs if they need ongoing care from a multidisciplinary team consisting of their GP and at least two other health care providers, one of which may be a speech pathologist.

The GP will prepare a GP Management Plan and Team Care Arrangements and make the referral to the speech pathologist. The client cannot claim the rebate from Medicare until the speech pathologist receives the referral form. The GP nominates the number of sessions up to a maximum of 5 per calendar year. The five sessions are per client, not five sessions per allied health professional, and may be with a number of allied health professionals (e.g., three with a speech pathologist and two with an occupational therapist). If all sessions are not used during the calendar year in which the client was referred, the unused sessions can be used in the next calendar year. However, those sessions will be counted as part of the five sessions with allied health professionals available to the client during that calendar year. Clients continue to be eligible for rebates for speech pathology while they are being managed under a CDM plan as long as the need for eligible services continues to be recommended by their GP in their plan.

For more information regarding the Medicare Benefits Scheme – Chronic Disease Management visit the website

www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/mbsprimarycare-chronicdiseasemanagement

Department of Social Services “DSS” (previously “FaHCSIA”) for children under 7 years

The DSS has established a panel of early intervention service providers to deliver evidence based services to eligible children as part of the Helping Children with Autism package. The Early Intervention funding package is aimed at providing increased access to Early Intervention for children aged up to six years with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The funding supports the delivery of evidence based Early Intervention to facilitate improved cognitive, language, emotional and social development prior to a child starting school.

Funding is available for children under the age of 7 years who are diagnosed as having a Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Autism Early Intervention (AEI) funding allows for $12,000 per child ($6,000 per year) to be used toward the cost of accessing eligible therapy services

An additional $2,000 is available for remote and regional families

Autism Advisors can assist families to determine eligibility and access funding

For more information regarding DSS (FaHCSIA) funding you can contact an Autism Advisor on 1300 424499 or visit the DSS (FaHCSIA) website:
www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/program-services/for-people-with-disability/helping-children-with-autism

Department of Social Services “DSS” Better Start for children with Disability

The Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start) initiative includes:

up to $12,000 in funding for early intervention services and treatments for eligible children

additional assistance for eligible children who live in outer-regional, rural or remote locations to help with the costs of accessing services

a Medicare rebate for the development of a treatment and management plan for eligible children up to the age of 13

Medicare rebates for up to four allied health diagnostic/assessment services for eligible children under the age of 13, the results of which contribute to the development of the treatment and management plan, and

Medicare rebates for up to 20 relevant allied health services in total for each eligible child under the age of 15 provided the treatment and management plan is in place before the age of 13.

Eligible children who are aged under six years and have been diagnosed with:

Down syndrome

cerebral palsy

Fragile X syndrome

a moderate or greater vision or hearing impairment, including deafblindness

Prader Willi syndrome

Williams syndrome

Angelman syndrome

Kabuki syndrome

Smith-Magenis syndrome

CHARGE syndrome

Cornelia de Lange syndrome

‘Cri du Chat syndrome

Microcephaly or

Rett’s Disorder

Children with one of the listed disabilities are also able to access Medicare rebates under Better Start.

Up to 35% of a child’s early intervention funding can be used for the purchase of resources. This means that up to $4,200 in total out of the $12,000 can be used for resources, up to a total of $2,100 in any one financial year.

Resources that are purchased with Better Start funds must:

be recommended by the child’s Better Start service provider, and

be directly linked with the early intervention services being delivered to the child, and/or

provide support for the delivery of interventions at home.

If deemed suitable by the child’s Better Start service provider, parents may use some of their child’s resource funding to pay for accredited Auslan courses delivered by a registered training organisation. Certificates II and III level courses for parents are in scope under Better Start.

Please note: the Better Start resources component of the early intervention funding cannot be used to pay for

items or interventions that are out of scope for Better Start, such as swimming lessons.

items or services that are provided through other schemes or funding arrangements, such as incontinence aids or reading glasses.

More information can be obtained from: https://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/program-services/for-people-with-disability/better-start-for-children-with-disability-initiative

Workcover

Staff are Workcover approved therapists and are able to provide counselling and therapy under Worcover arrangements. There are often no out of pocket expenses one your Workcover claim is approved. Billing is done directly through the clinic to Workcover.