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Medicare

Medicare

A number of Medicare rebates may be available to use for occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, or psychology sessions with MoveAbout Therapy Services. What options are available depends upon your child's diagnosis and should be discussed in more detail with your GP.

General Practitioner Management Plan (GPMP) - Previously/also known as Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC)

This plan is available to anyone "with at least one medical condition that has been (or is likely to be) present for at least six months; or is terminal" and provides a rebate for five sessions annually of allied health services (which include occupational therapy and speech and language therapy). As at September 2014, the rebate is $52.95 per session.

For full information about eligibility and benefits, please refer to the Medicare Benefits Scheme website:

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 at MoveAbout Therapy Services). As at September 2014, the rebate is $74.80 per session for occupational therapy, or $96.35 per session for psychology.

For full information about eligibility and benefits, please refer to the Medicare Benefits Scheme website:

Treatment and Management Plan for Autism or for Children with an Eligible Disability

This plan must be setup by a paediatrician or psychiatrist, and is available to anyone "aged under 13 years, with autism or any other pervasive developmental disorder," or anyone "aged under 13 years, with an eligible disability (sight or hearing impairment, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, or Fragile X syndrome)," and provides a rebate for four assessment sessions and 20 treatment sessions. Assessment sessions are to provide information for diagnostic purposes and are therefore not available after a diagnosis has been given. This plan cannot be renewed. As at September 2014, the rebate is $74.80 per session for occupational therapy or speech pathology (assessment or treatment).

For full information about eligibility and benefits, please refer to the Medicare Benefits Scheme website:

FaHCSIA - Families, Housing, Community Service and Indigenous Affairs

This government department manages the funding for the existing Helping Children with Autism package, along with the new Better Start for Children with Disability initiative.

Helping Children with Autism

If your child (under 6 years old) has a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, you can contact the Autism Advisor to get access to the Helping Children with Autism funding package. This package provides up to $12,000 for approved services, with a maximum of $6,000 available per financial year. MoveAbout Therapy Services is able to offer occupational therapy and speech therapy services under the Helping Children with Autism package with no out-of-pocket expense for families.

For further information about the Helping Children with Autism package, please refer to the FaHCSIA website:

Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start) initiative

The Better Start initiative extends the benefits available under the Helping Children with Autism package to children diagnosed with "Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Fragile X syndrome, or a moderate or greater vision or hearing impairment, including deafblindness." This initiative provides up to $12,000 for approved services, with a maximum of $6,000 available per financial year. MoveAbout Therapy Services is able to offer occupational therapy and speech therapy services under the Better Start package with no out-of-pocket expense for families.

For further information about the Better Start initiative, please refer to the FaHCSIA website:

Private Health Insurance

Many private health insurance plans cover occupational therapy and speech therapy (typically listed on "Options" policies). MoveAbout Therapy Services is a provider for most major private health funds. Please contact your private health fund directly to determine what support is offered for you to access occupational therapy or speech therapy services.