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Funding & Rebates

CURRENT FUNDING AND REBATES AVAILABLE:

*Receive a 5% discount when paying for 5 or more sessions in advance*


MEDICARE:

For the following Medicare benefits, bulk billing is available for 30 minute intervention sessions for clients with a valid concession card. If you require an assessment, or a longer session, you will be required to pay the ‘gap’ fee. (Contact us if you require more information regarding gap fees)

Eligible Clients Referral Process No. Services Per Client Rebate available
Clients who have a chronic medical condition and complex care needs including those associated with communication or swallowing impairments. Available for both children and adults. Residents of aged care facilities may also be eligible for this program.   Chronic Disease      Management (CDM) plan  (formerly the Enhanced  Primary Care plan).
A referral must be  completed by a General  Practitioner (GP).
5 per calendar year for Allied Health Services, including Speech Pathology   $52.95
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people who have had a health assessment   A referral form for follow-up allied health services for clients of ATSI descent must be completed by a GP who has conducted a health check consistent with the ATSI Medicare health checks 5 per calendar year in addition to 5 per calendar year under the CDM plan   $52.95
Helping children with Autism medicare items: Clients with Autism or any other pervasive developmental disorder aged under 13 for diagnosis aged under 15 for treatment (must have been diagnosed before age 13)   A referral letter from a   Psychiatrist or  Paediatrician Up to 4 allied health assessments in total per child. Up to 20 allied health treatment services in total per child including Speech Pathology. For more information see here.   $74.80
Better start medicare items: Clients diagnosed with Down syndrome, Cerebral palsy, Fragile X syndrome, or a moderate or greater vision or hearing impairment, including deaf/blindness aged under 13 for diagnosis aged under 15 for treatment (must have been diagnosed before age 13)   A referral from a GP or Specialist  Physician Up to 4 allied health assessments in total per child. Up to 20 allied health treatment services in total per child including Speech Pathology. For more information see here.   $74.80

NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME - NDIS

Speak Volumes Speech Pathology are proud to be registered providers under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). We have a wide range of therapists, developmental educators, and support coordinators to help you every step of the way! 

If you’re just starting your NDIS journey, there will be a few things you need to consider. Fortunately you don’t have to do this alone, and our staff are availble to help make your journey as simple as possible. 

We are here to support you to:

  • Understand the NDIS and how it works
  • Find out if you’re eligible
  • Identify goals and aspirations that the NDIS may fund
  • Put together the documents you need for your application
  • Apply for the NDIS
  • Connect with therapists and providers who will support you towards achieving your goals and aspirations

You can meet with us at our office in Banora Point or even your own home, to help make your NDIS plan a reality. Please visit the following webpage (our sister company) for more NDIS related information: https://www.glasswingtherapy.com/ndis/

 

NDIS eligibility requirements:

Your eligibility for access to the NDIS will be assessed by the National Disability Insurance Agency.

You are eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) if you:

  • are under 65 years of age, and
  • are an Australian citizen or resident or permanent visa holder, and
  • meet the disability or early intervention requirements.

If you aged 65 years and over you will not be eligible for the NDIS. In most cases, you will receive support through the Commonwealth aged care system.

Residency Requirements

You may meet the residency requirements if you live in Australia and:

  • are an Australian citizen OR
  • hold a Permanent Visa OR
  • hold a Protected Special Category Visa, that is you
    • were in Australia on a Special Category Visa on 26 February 2001 or
    • had been in Australia for at least 12 months in the 2 years immediately before 26 February 2001 and you returned to Australia after that day.

Disability Requirements

You may meet the disability requirements if:

  • you have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent (i.e. it is likely to be life long) and
  • your impairment substantially reduces your ability to participate effectively in activities, or perform tasks or actions unless you have:
    • assistance from other people or
    • you have assistive technology or equipment (other than common items such as glasses) or
    • you can't participate effectively even with assistance or aides and equipment and
  • your impairment affects your capacity for social and economic participation and
  • you are likely to require support under the NDIS for your lifetime.

An impairment that varies in intensity e.g. because the impairment is of a chronic episodic nature may still be permanent, and you may require support under the NDIS for your lifetime, despite the variation.

Early Intervention Requirements

You may meet the early intervention requirements:

  • if you have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent and
  • there is evidence that getting supports now (early interventions) will help you by:
    • reducing how much help you will need to do things because of your impairment in the future and
    • improving or reducing deterioration of your functional capacity or
    • helping your family and carers to keep helping you and
    • those supports are most appropriately funded through the NDIS, and not through another service system.

    OR

  • you are a child aged under 6 years of age with developmental delay which results in:
    • substantially reduced functional capacity in one or more of the areas of self-care, receptive and expressive language, cognitive development or motor development and
    • results in the need for a combination and sequence of special interdisciplinary or generic care, treatment or other services which are of extended duration, and are individually planned and coordinated; and
  • those supports are most appropriately funded through the NDIS, and not through another service system.

Reference: https://www.ndis.gov.au/people-disability/access-requirements.html


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.

To register a child for the Helping children with Autism early intervention funding parents and carers must call the Autism Advisor on 1300 978 611. See here for a clear breakdown of the application 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.

For more information about the Better Start Initiative, contact Better Start on 1800 242 636. Additional information can be found on the Better Start Initiatives website.


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!