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Paediatric Speech Pathology Services
Clients who had been diagnosed with Autism or other developmental disability were able to access Helping Children With Autism (HCWA) or Better Start package, respectively. These packages allow a child to access $12,000 to be used for therapy until the child turns 7 years of age. The application to HCWA and Better Start package has now closed, as these packages have now been transitioned to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Current clients with HCWA or Better Start funding are able to continue to access their funding until they turn 7 years of age or until they have been transitioned to NDIS.
The NDIS is being progressively introduced across all states and territories in Australia. It is scheme that is designed to assist individuals with a disability to receive the support they need to improve their skills and independence over time. The NDIS also provides Early Intervention support for eligible children with disability or developmental delay. Application to access the NDIS is taken on a case-by-case. For further information, you can contact our local Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) or Local Area Coordination partner, the Brotherhood of St Laurence (https://ndis.bsl.org.au/), or call NDIS on 1800 800 110.
You may be eligible to access 5 sessions with Medicare rebates under the Chronic Disease Management plan for your child's therapy. To access such rebates, you will need to consult with your GP regarding your child's eligibility and request for a care plan to be issued. Medicare Easyclaim facility is available at the clinic, so onsite processing of Medicare rebates is available.
A consultant paediatrician or psychiatrist is able to issue a care plan for a child with Autism or other Pervasive Developmental Disorder (Item 135) or for a child with disability (Item 137). This care plan can be used to access 20 sessions of allied health services for assessment or treatment. Please check with your paediatrician or psychiatrist regarding your child's eligibility.
This clinic provides HICAPS facility, which means you can use your private health funds to cover part of the therapy fee. You will need to check with your own private health funds if your cover includes access to speech pathology services.