Private Health Insurance
To determine whether or not you are eligible for Private Health Insurance rebates , please contact your Private Health Insurance provider.
The Chronic Disease Management Plan, formerly known as Enhanced Primary Care package consists of 5 rebates per calendar year for Allied Health Services (e.g. Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, and Psychology). You can share the 5 rebated sessions across therapists. To access this funding, please ask your GP for a referral.
A Chronic Disease Management Plan is established by your GP, and your therapist is invited to participate in your child’s care under this plan. Your GP will either give the form to bring to your first session, or send the form directly to us by mail or email. You are then entitled to claim under this program, provided your GP has registered your plan with Medicare. Sessions are paid for as usual but you subsequently take your receipt to Medicare for the rebate. You are not able to pay for CDMP-funded sessions through your Private Health fund.
Better Start is an Australian Government initiative funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).
Children who are registered with Better Start can access up to $12,000 in funding (up to a maximum of $6,000 per financial year) to pay for early intervention services delivered by registered service providers.
Helping Children with Autism (HCWA)
Children who have been diagnosed by a Paediatrician as having Autism Spectrum Disorder and are aged 6 years and under are eligible to apply for funding under the Helping Children with Autism Package.
Funding of up to $12,000 is available to children aged 0-6 years diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children must be Australian citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia, and families must apply for the funding before their child’s sixth birthday. Families then have until the child turns 7 to access the funding.
From 1 July 2016 the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) became available across other areas of Victoria. The NDIS will be made available progressively across the state over the next three years. To determine whether you are eligible for funding through the scheme please refer to the NDIS website.