Use the information below to find out what financial assistance you can avail
Chatterbee Speech Pathology is a registered provider under the NDIS.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a funding scheme that has been allocated by the federal government, to assist with early intervention services for children who have been diagnosed with a disability. Your child must first be assessed against the access requirements to see if they are eligible for funding. These include:
You must be aged between 0-65 years of age
Meeting NDIS residency requirements
Meeting NDIS disability requirements
Meeting NDIS early intervention requirements
For more information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme or to see if your child is eligible go to https://www.ndis.gov.au/people-disability/access-requirements.html or you can call them on 1800 800 110.
Helping Children with Autism (HCWA)
Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) is a funding scheme provided by the federal government to support children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or a Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) access early intervention services.
You can access more information on the Department Of Health and Ageing, Diagnosis and Early Intervention for Children with Autism website.
FaCHSIA is a funding scheme provided by the federal government to support children 0-7 years of age who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or a Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) access early intervention services. Families who are eligible can spend up to $6000 per financial year (up to a total of $12000) on early intervention for the affected child.
You can access more information through FaCHSIA - Helping Children with Autism Website.
Medicare – Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plan
The Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plan through Medicare provides rebates for allied health services to people who have a chronic medical condition. A chronic medical condition is a condition that has been or will be present for at least six months.
The CDM provides up to 5 rebated sessions per calendar year in total between all the allied health services. As of 10/05/2018 the CDM rebate is currently $52.95 per rebated session.
You can discuss this plan with your GP to see if your child is eligible for a referral.
Centrelink Carer's Allowance
Children under the age of 16 with severe communication difficulties, are able to have their parents/carers apply for this allowance. It is not means tested and you are able to have your speech therapist assist in the completion of these forms following an initial assessment.
Health Fund Information
Private speech pathology is covered under many health fund plans. Contact your Health fund to determine your specific level of cover and your rebate entitlements before making an appointment.