Funding Options

NDIS Registered Provider

(National Disability Insurance Scheme)

We are able to take all NDIS clients for our services.

Please contact our office to determine the best treatment plan with our team. We will work together with you and your NDIS plan to ensure you are receiving the maximum outcomes with your plan.

Private Health Insurance

There are many private health insurance companies and a range of coverage levels available. If you have private health cover, it is recommended that you contact your private health insurance company to find out if therapy services are covered and to what level.

The Chronic Diseases Management Plan (CDM)

The Chronic Diseases Management Plan (CDM) is a Medicare-rebated funding program for people who have chronic medical conditions (classified as a condition that has been present for at least 6 months).
It consists of 5 (maximum) rebates per calendar year for Allied Health services (ie. Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Psychology). If you are accessing more than one type of therapy you are entitled to share the CDM sessions across the therapists (ie. not 5 rebates per service).

The Mental Health Plan (MHP)

The Mental Health Plan (MHP) is a Medicare-rebated funding program for people who have mental health conditions (anxiety, depression etc.) It consists of up to 10 rebates per calendar year for Occupational Therapy and Psychology services. An extension of 4 further sessions can be applied for by your Psychologist or Occupational Therapist in extreme circumstances.

If you are unsure if you are eligible for subsidised treatment, check with your GP.

The Autism Initiative is a Medicare-rebated funding scheme that has been put in place to help fund assessment and therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD).
The funding scheme provides funding for eligible children to access 4 sessions for assessment and 20 sessions for therapy with Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists or Psychologists. This funding is eligible to be used for children up to the age of 13 but can be used only once (cannot be claimed again). Children up to the age of 15 may be eligible for treatment funding only if they have a prior diagnosis of ASD or PDD. Your Paediatrician will need to provide you with a letter to access this funding.

Better Start is a funding scheme that allows children with developmental disabilities to access funding for early intervention services.

Eligible children diagnosed with Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X syndrome, or a moderate or greater vision or hearing impairment, including deaf-blindness, 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 will have access to funding and new Medicare items under the Better Start for Children with Disability initiative.

The initiative includes the following components:

  • Funding for early intervention services and treatments for eligible children under the age of six
  • Medicare items for the development of a treatment and management plan for eligible children under the age of 13
  • Medicare items for up to four allied health diagnostic services and for 20 relevant allied health services (in total) for eligible children up to the age of 15 (provided the treatment and management plan is in place before the age of 13).

Parents or carers of eligible children will need to register their child for the Better Start initiative before they turn six in order to access the early intervention funding.

Helping Children With Autism (HCWA) is a funding scheme for children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD). You are eligible to access this funding through Autism Victoria if your child is between the ages of 0-6 years. Children must be approved for this funding prior to their 6th birthday and the funding can be accessed until the child’s 7th birthday.

The funding is up to $6000 per financial year (up to a total of $12,000) and is specifically for early intervention for the eligible child. You can use this funding only with registered health providers.