Funding + Rebates

Medicare Rebates

Chronic Disease Management Plan

Medicare provides eligible individuals the opportunity to claim a rebate for payments made towards allied health services (including speech pathology) under the Chronic Disease Management program (previously known as the Enhanced Primary Care program). Up to five individual sessions can be claimed per person per calendar year across all allied health services, for treatment of a chronic medical condition that is likely to last six months or more. In order to access the rebate, a referral is required from a GP, who will determine your child's eligibility for this program. 
Fees are paid in full upon completion of the session, after which you can claim a partial refund from Medicare, either at a branch or via the Express Plus Medicare app. The rebate is currently $52.95 per session (as of June 2016), which reduces the out of pocket costs for these five sessions. Please note, clients are unable to access a private health insurance rebate for sessions where a rebate is claimed from Medicare.
More information can be found here.
Helping Children with Autism Early Intervention Package
The Department of Social Services (formerly FaHCSIA) provides a $12,000
grant to eligible children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder up to the age
of 6, in order to help them access support and early intervention services.
This grant can be used to fund services and appropriate resources for early
intervention up until the age of 7 years. Loud and Clear Speech Pathology is a
registered consortium member and an eligible provider for the HCWA program. 
More information can be found here.
Helping Children with Autism Rebates [20 Sessions]
Medicare rebates are available for assessment and intervention for eligible children with a possible Autism Spectrum Disorder or other Pervasive Developmental Disorder, where their paediatrician has provided a referral. This program covers:
  • Up to 4 assessment sessions
  • Up to 20 intervention/therapy sessions
This plan must be in place prior to the child turning 13 years of age, and are these sessions are available for use until the child turns 15 years old. These sessions may only be claimed once over the child's lifetime, and not once per year. 
More information can be found here.
 
For further information on any of the above services, please contact your GP or Medicare.

Accessing School-Based Funding

We can conduct assessments and write reports to assist with applying for school funding (Program for Students with Disabilities), and funding from other organisations.

Please chat to us about your child's specific needs, so that we can tailor our report to the specific type of application.

Private Health Insurance

If you hold the relevant extras cover with your private health insurance policy, you may be entitled to a rebate for some speech pathology services. Contact your health fund to determine if your child is eligible to receive a rebate.