Medicare, FaHCSIA & Better Start Funding
Therapy Point is a registered medicare provider and your child may be eligible for partial reimbursement for occupational therapy services. A referral from your GP is required.
Enhanced Primary Care Plan
Under the enhanced primary care plan, you may receive partial reimbursement for up to 5 occupational therapy visits in a calendar year.
Helping Children with Autism
Since July 2008, families with children with autism who meet certain eligibility requirements may receive partial reimbursement for up to 20 occupational therapy sessions and a referral from a paediatrician is required.
Therapy Point is a registered provider of FAHCSIA. FaHCSIA funding is available to children under the age of 7 years who have a diagnosis of an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). For more information please call the Autism Advisor Program 1300 978 61. FaHCSIA Funding can be used to pay for services at the Therapy Point. Please note that a 5% admin charge will apply to all FaHCSIA claims.
Better Start Funding
From 1 July 2011, eligible children diagnosed with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Fragile X syndrome, or a moderate or greater vision or hearing impairment, including deafblindness, will have access to funding and new Medicare items under the Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start) 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).
Information for families Early Intervention Funding
From 1 July 2011, eligible children will be able to be registered to access early intervention funding of up to $12,000 (to a maximum of $6,000 per financial year).
The funding will be able to be used to pay for early intervention services including speech pathology, audiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology and orthoptics. Families will have until their child turns seven to use the early intervention funding.
This targeted early intervention in the pre-school years is intended to complement existing Commonwealth and State and Territory services and to assist these children to have the best possible preparation for transition to school.
Therapy Point is also registered with most of the private health cover. Please check with your health insurance to find the eligibility for occupational therapy services.
Our staff are knowledgeable in the different funding options available. Contact us for more information.