MEDICARE:

For the following Medicare benefits, bulk billing is available for 30 minute speech pathology intervention sessions for clients with a valid concession card and referral. If you require an assessment, a longer session, or an appointment with another allied health service (eg occupational therapy, psychology, physiotherapy etc), you will be required to pay the ‘gap’ fee.

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Medicare - GP Mental Health Treatment Plan - Also known as Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP)

This plan is available to anyone "with a mental disorder who would benefit from a structured approach to the management of their treatment needs." Mental disorder is "a term used to describe a range of clinically diagnosable disorders that significantly interfere with an individual's cognitive, emotional or social abilities." The GP Mental Health Treatment Plan provides a rebate for up to 10 sessions annually with psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, or allied mental health providers (including occupational therapy). As at January 2018, the rebate is $74.80 per session for occupational therapy, or $96.35 per session for psychology.

 

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a healthcare program initiated by the Australian Government for Australians with a disability. Glasswing Therapy are registered providers under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), with a wide range of therapists, educators, and support coordinators to help you every step of the way! 

See HERE for further details regarding NDIS eligibility and the registration process.

 

HELPING CHILDREN WITH AUTISM – FAHCSIA

The Families and Carers of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders are eligible to access up to $12,000 (a maximum of $6,000 per year) for Early Intervention Programs, including accredited private Speech Therapy. Rural and remote residents have access to an additional $2000. Our Speech Pathologists are fully accredited members of the Early Intervention Provider Panel and clients can use their FaHCSIA HCWA funding for Speech Pathology through Speak Volumes Speech Pathology.

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
  • Have been diagnosed and seen by an Autism Advisor before their 6th birthday to be deemed eligible to access the service. The Autism Advisor will assist with applying for the Early Intervention Package. Children have until they turn 7 to access funding.

New applications for this pathway have now closed, as all eligible applicants are now encouraged to apply for access to the the National Disability Insurance Scheme for more regular, ongoing support. See HERE for further details regarding NDIS eligibility and the registration process.

 

BETTER START FOR CHILDREN WITH A DISABILITY INITIATIVE – FAHCSIA

The Better Start for Children with a Disability Initiative is to provide children 0-7 years with developmental disabilities to access funding for up to $12,000 for early intervention services. Our Speech Pathologists are fully accredited members of the Early Intervention Provider Panel and clients can use their FaHCSIA Better Start funding for Speech Pathology through Speak Volumes Speech Pathology.

To be eligible your child must:

  • Be aged 0 – 7 years
  • Have been diagnosed with the following (written diagnosis): moderate or greater vision or hearing impairment, including deaflibndness, cerebral palsy, Down, Fragile X, Prader WIlli, Williams, Angelman, Kabuki, Smith-Magenis, Cornelia de Lange, Cri du Chat syndromes, Microcephaly or Rett’s disorder
  • Be an Australian resident or meet Centrelink’s Residential Requirements for Carer Allowance
  • Have been diagnosed and seen by the Registration and Information Service before their 6th birthday to be deemed eligible to access the service. Better Start will assist with applying for the Early Intervention Package. Children have until they turn 7 to access funding.

New applications for this pathway have now closed, as all eligible applicants are now encouraged to apply for access to the the National Disability Insurance Scheme for more regular, ongoing support. See HERE for further details regarding NDIS eligibility and the registration process.

 

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (DVA):

Veterans who are eligible for a Gold card or White card may be eligible for free speech pathology services under the Department of Veterans Affairs arrangement. For more information, see their fact sheet here.

 

PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE:

If you have private health insurance and have taken out ‘extras’ you may be eligible for a rebate. Referrals are usually not required for clients with private health insurance.

 

CARER PAYMENT AND CARER ALLOWANCE:

The assessment tool recognises and assesses the level of care provided by the carer and required by the child. The assessment requires the completion of two questionnaires: one by the carer and one by a treating health professional.

From 1 July 2010, speech pathologists are included on the list of treating health professionals who can complete the medical assessment for children.

You may be eligible for the carer payment or carer allowance if:

  • You have one child with a severe disability or severe medical condition for whom you provide care.
  • You have two or more children with a disability or medical condition for whom you provide care.
  • You are caring for an adult and one or more children with a disability or medical condition.

For information on what you may be entitled to as a carer see here.

 

We have EFTPOS and HICAPS facilities, meaning we can provide instant processing for Medicare and Private Health fund rebates to streamline the payment process for our busy clients. For Medicare / private health insurance clients, you will only be required to pay the gap fee (if applicable). This means less time spent claiming rebates and out-of-pocket expenses for you!

✓ Bulk billing – bulk billing may be used for 30 minute screening assessments and therapy sessions (speech pathology only) for clients with a valid concession card and medicare referral. Must take place in Banora Point clinic OR at a facility where there are 2 or more other clients receiving services on the same day (eg childcare centres, schools, aged care facilities, group homes, day programs etc).

✓ No mobile fees  for our community therapy program – this applies if there are 3 or more clients at the same centre/school/facility receiving services on the same day (eg childcare centres, schools, aged care facilities, group homes, day programs etc)