There are a number of government funding initiatives to support children with autism spectrum disorders, including:
- Helping children with Autism package – MEDICARE – ASSESSMENT
It is possible for families to claim rebates from Medicare for ASSESSMENT of children suspected of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder. A specific referral must be made by the paediatrician for this rebate to be available.
The paediatrician can allocate up to four sessions for assessment for which rebates are available up until the child turns 13 years of age.
- Helping children with Autism – MEDICARE – THERAPY
For children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, a total of 20 therapy sessions can be allocated for a Medicare Rebate, providing a referral has been made by a paediatrician. These sessions are available until the child turns 15 years of age.
Please note the Medicare rebates under this scheme can only be used for individual therapy sessions. Group therapy sessions including Social Skills Groups are not covered by this program.
- Helping Children with Autism – Early Intervention package – FaHCSIA
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are eligible to access $6000 per financial year for a total of $12,000 up to 7 years of age.
Spectrum Speech Pathology Services is an accredited member of the FaHCSIA Early Intervention Provider Panel. See section of website SERVICES – Consortium for more details of consortium members.
To be eligible for FaHCSIA Helping Children with Autism Early Intervention package your child must:
- be 0 – 7 years
- with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder confirmed in writing by your paediatrician
- be an Australian resident or meet Centrelink’s Residential Requirements for the Carer’s Allowance
If you think your child may be eligible for this program you will need to contact Amaze (formerly Autism Victoria) on 1300308 699 or 9657 1600 to speak with an Autism Advisor.
- Chronic Disease Management Program (formerly Enhanced Primary Health Care Plan -EPC)
The Chronic Disease Management Program is initiated by your General Practioner and available to children and adults with chronic care needs.
The Medicare rebate is available for 5 sessions per calendar year for therapy provided by an Allied Health Professional, which includes Speech Pathology.
Please note the Chronic Disease Management Program can only be used for individual therapy sessions. Group therapy sessions including Social Skills Groups are not covered by this program.
For more information about the CDMP please download the following Information sheets from Autism Victoria and Speech Pathology Australia or speak to your General Practioner.
Speech Pathology Australia
Amaze (formerly Autism Victoria)
Private Health Insurance
If you have private health insurance and have taken out ‘extras’ you may be eligible for a rebate.