Your child may be eligible to access funding if you meet the criteria for any of the below programmes;
Private Health Cover
Speech Pathology Assessment and Therapy sessions can be claimed through Private Health Cover under extras (ancillary) cover. The rebate amount per session and the number of sessions covered is dependent on the individual’s level of cover.
Before commencing therapy, please check the level of funding that you are entitled to for Speech Pathology.
Chronic Disease Management (also known as Enhanced Care Program)
Medicare provides a rebate for up to 5 Allied Health sessions per calendar year for individuals with chronic conditions and complex needs that require a multi-disciplinary approach. Eligible conditions may include Autism, Down syndrome, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Cleft Lip and Palate, chronic middle ear infections, Intellectual Disability and severe speech or language impairments.
Clients must obtain a written referral from their GP before the Speech Pathology appointment. (Receipts cannot be back-dated). Referrals are valid for 12 months. Unused appointments from the same referral can be used in the following calendar year.
The rebate per appointment is approximately $50. You cannot claim both a Medicare rebate and a private health care rebate on the same day).
Better Start for Children with Disability
Better Start is an Australian Government initiative that provides up to $12,000 in funding (up to a maximum of $6,000 per financial year) which can be used to pay for early intervention services, including Speech Pathology for children with disabilities up to the age of 6 years.
Better Start funding is for children with a diagnosis of any of the following conditions: Angelman syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, CHARGE syndrome, Cornelia de Lange syndrome, Cri du Chat syndrome, Down syndrome, including those with mosaic Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Fragile X syndrome with full mutation includes mosaicism, Kabuki syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Smith-Magenis syndrome, Williams syndrome, Rett’s disorder, bilateral hearing impairment, microcephaly, vision impairment and Deafblindness.
For more information / to register you can visit – www.betterstart.net.au.
Helping Children with Autism
To access HCWA funding, children must be diagnosed by Panel and then be seen by an Autism Advisor prior to their 6th birthday. For more information about HCWA you can visit – www.autism.org.au.