There are a number of recent government initiatives that
enable families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
to access funding for assessment and therapy.
Families and Carers of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders are eligible to access up to $6000 per financial year (to a maximum of $12,000) for Early Intervention Programs, including accredited private Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Behavioural Therapy services. An additional $2000 payment is available to support rural and remote residents to access services. FaHCSIA has established a panel of multi-disciplinary providers to provide these early intervention services.
Impact Speech Pathology has been accredited as a member of the Early Intervention Provider Panel. Impact clients can now access FaHCSIA funding for Speech Therapy through us.
To be eligible your child must:
· Be aged 0 – 7 years
· Have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (with a written diagnosis)
· Be an Australian resident or meet Centrelink’s Residential Requirements for Carer Allowance
If you think your child may be eligible for this program, you will need to do the following:
1. Phone Autism Victoria on 1300 308 699 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting1300 308 699 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 9657 1600 to make an appointment with an Autism Advisor. At this appointment the child’s eligibility and needs are discussed.
2. If your child is eligible you will receive a ‘Letter of Introduction’ from the Autism Advisor.
3. Your next step is to contact one of the consortium leaders – Autism Partnership or Learning 4 Life. Advise the consortium leader that you wish to use Impact Speech Pathology and register your child with the consortium and complete the appropriate paperwork.
4. The consortium leader will advise Impact Speech Pathology of your registration.
5. Upon your first FaHCSIA funded session you will need to complete FaHCSIA Client Consent Forms and services may then commence.
6. At the completion of each session, FaHCSIA requires you to sign a form that acknowledges provision of the service.
7. Invoices for Speech Therapy services will be issued to the consortium leader who inturn will invoice FaHCSIA.You will be issued with a copy of the invoice.
All therapists at Impact Speech Pathology are happy to work with your General Practitioner to provide therapy under an EPC plan. The Enhanced Primary Care scheme is initiated by your General Practitioner and available to children and adults with Chronic Care needs. People with Autism are automatically eligible for the EPC because an Autism Spectrum Disorder is a chronic condition.
The Medicare rebate is available for 5 sessions of Allied Health therapy, including Speech Pathology,
per calendar year.
Please note that EPC plans are ONLY allowed to be used for Individual Therapy sessions. The EPC Plan does NOT allow for Group Therapy sessions, including Social Skills Groups, to be claimed by Medicare.
In July 2008 the Federal Government introduced the Helping Children With Autism Initiative. Under this initiative, it is now possible for families to claim rebates from Medicare for Assessment and Treatment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, providing a referral has been made by a Paediatrician.
The paediatrician can allocate up to 4 sessions for assessment for which rebates are available up until the child turns 13 years of age.
For children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, a total of 20 therapy sessions can be allocated, including Speech Pathology, until the child turns 15 years of age.
For further information on these schemes, links to the
following website Information Sheets will be helpful:
Private Health Insurance
If you have private health insurance and have taken out ‘extras’ you may be eligible for a rebate. It is our understanding that you are not able to use both medicare and private health rebates for the same session. You may wish to check with your health fund and compare the amount of the private health rebate you would receive with that provided by Medicare under the initiatives listed above.