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Children or a family member with a recognised mental health issue, Medicare provides rebates for psychology services. Eligible clients can claim a maximum of ten (10) sessions per calendar year under a Mental Health Care Plan for individual/ group therapy.
Referral process: to access this program, families will need a referral letter and a Mental Health Care Plan from their GP for services recommended in their care plan.
Children registered under the Better Start and Helping Children With Autism programs are also eligible for Medicare items for up to 20 relevant allied health services in total for each eligible child up to the age of 15 provided the treatment and management plan is in place before the age of 13.
Referral process: to access these services, families will need to be registered under either the Better Start or Helping Children With Autism program. ACPC is a private organisation charging private fees which range per service and therefore does not bulk bill. Medicare rebates however can be claimed from each service with a suitable referral in place.
New COVID-19 Medicare items, available from 13 March 2020, allow vulnerable/isolated clients to access to bulk-billed psychological services delivered via telehealth (i.e., videoconference or phone). These measures were introduced as part of the Federal Government’s $2.4 billion package to protect Australians from the coronavirus (COVID-19). Psychologists, Doctors and Nurses can provide these services.
In the case for psychologists, the eligible interventions remain the same as those that have been specified for each of the Medicare initiatives when provided face-to-face.The following items are currently available until March 2021 with the possibility of keeping Telehealth permanent.
Clients who meet existing eligibility requirements for these Medicare initiatives are now eligible to receive these services by telehealth, if clinically appropriate. Eligibility requirements include:
For more information on COVID-19 Medicare Funded Psychology Services, please click here.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), launched on the 1 July 2013, aims to provide community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. From 1 July 2016 the NDIS has expanded to many areas in NSW and Sydney region.
Eligibility for NDIS services: A person accessing the NDIS must be able to show that they are eligible for the scheme in relation to:
To qualify for eligibility for the early intervention component of the scheme the person:
For some people the question of eligibility may be more complex, or the NDIS may need extra information to support the planning process. In these circumstances, they may request a registered provider to assess an individual.
For further information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), visit http://www.ndis.gov.au/
For information regarding NDIS services and Fees at our clinic please follow link here.
We understand that the health system can be complex and we support families to understand what programs and services you may be eligible to receive. For further details about any of our programs or to discuss your child's difficulties and needs please contact us on (02) 9541 1177 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our goal is to ensure your advocacy needs are met through the process of continuous engagement and genuine understanding of your needs