Government Funding & Rebates
The Voice Within Speech Pathology is a registered provider for the following funding options and are happy to help you through the funding process
NATIONAL INSURANCE DISABILITY SCHEME (NDIS)
NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE AGENCY
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) began the implementation of the National Insurance Disability Scheme (NDIS) in 2016 following a successful trial period. Upon fulfilling the eligibility criteria, families and individuals are supported with plans highlighting specific needs for daily personal activities, community activities including transportation, employment, therapeutic supports, personal independence building, home modifications, mobility equipment and vehicle modification. As Allied Health providers, we have the privilege to partner with the NDIA as service providers to provide services to improve quality of life and community participation.
For further information on the “National Insurance Disability Scheme” eligibility, refer to the following link click here.
CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT MEDICARE FUNDING (10970)
The Chronic Disease Management Plan (formerly known as Enhanced Primary Care Plan) is completed by a GP for children requiring medical/allied health assistance from at least two different health providers. If you have been given a Chronic Disease Management Plan including speech therapy by your GP, you will be eligible to receive a Medicare rebate for up to 5x speech therapy sessions per calendar year. You are still required to pay the full amount of all sessions on the day of the appointment, however when you take/post your receipt to Medicare, they will then provide you with a rebate.
For further information on the “Chronic Disease Individual Allied Health Services Under Medicare” factsheet click here.
PDD/ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL MEDICARE FUNDING
(ASSESSMENT: 82005, TREATMENT: 82020)
This funding is organised by your Paediatrician for all children under 15 who have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Pervasive Developmental Disorder. It provides 20 rebated sessions for Speech Pathology, Psychology and/or Occupational Therapy for a person’s life. Four of these are available for assessment and sixteen for therapy, totalling 20 sessions. As with above, you are still required to pay the full amount of sessions on the day of the appointment, however when you take/post your receipt to Medicare, they will then provide you with a rebate.
HELPING CHILDREN WITH AUTISM (HCWA) FUNDING SCHEME &
BETTER START FOR CHILDREN WITH A DISABILITY FUNDING SCHEME
These funding schemes are for early intervention for children who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, a moderate (or greater) vision or hearing impairment, Prader Willi Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, Kabuki Syndrome, Smith-Magenis Syndrome, CHARGE Syndrome, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, ‘Cri du Chat Syndrome, and microcephaly. They provides you with up to $12,000, to use across two financial years (i.e. $6000 for two years) on registered Speech Pathology, Psychology and Occupational Therapy services, as well as resources that may be beneficial for your child.
In order to access the Helping Children With Autism funding from FAHCSIA your child needs to be between the ages of 0-7years and you need a diagnosis from approved Psychologists, Speech Pathologists and Paediatricians. The Voice Within Speech Pathology in conjunction with Best Start Clinic, are able to conduct speech pathology and psychology assessments in order to apply for this funding. We are also eligible to provide therapy services under this funding.
For further information for Helping Children With Autism Package click here.
For the Better Start for Children with a Disability Funding Scheme you need to be registered as a part of this funding scheme BEFORE your child turns 6, in order to be eligible.
For further information for the Better Start funding scheme click here.
For further information for the Helping Children with Autism funding scheme click here.
PRIVATE HEALTH REBATES
Private Health Insurance rebates are also available for speech therapy services. The Voice Within Speech Pathology is a registered provider under all known Private Health companies to date. The ability to access this funding is determined by your level of cover and/or if you have selected “Speech Pathology” as one of your Allied Health Services that is claimable. To access this funding option, you will still need to pay the full amount on the day of your appointment, however when you then post/take the receipt to your Private Health Provider, you will receive a rebate. Please contact your Provider for information regarding rebate amounts/restrictions.