Early Intervention: Helping Children with Autism (HCWA)/Better Start Funding Packages
The Department of Social Services offers children with certain diagnosed disabilities, such as autism, $12000 funding to support Early Intervention until their 7th birthday. This includes up to $6000 per year for therapies and $2000 per year for resources. Collaborative Partnerships Occupational Therapy is a registered provider of Early Intervention for children with autism and other approved disabilities requiring ongoing early intervention assessment and therapy. Collaborative Partnerships is also able to approve resources for purchase using these funding packages (depending on clinical relevance).
Note: As most families have now transitioned to the NDIS, Collaborative Partnerships will soon be closing their HCWA provider panel membership. Please check with our reception staff at the time of booking to ensure you can still use HCWA funding for our services.
Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC) or Chronic Disease Management Plan
An Enhanced Primary Care Plan (Also known as Chronic Disease Management Plan) is a referral given by a GP, and usually comprise a team care arrangement with at least one other health professional. These provide a rebate of $52.95 per session for up to 5 allied-health sessions per calendar year at the discretion of your GP. Letters will be sent following the first and last of the allocated sessions. These can be claimed via online claiming through Medicare or at your local Medicare office.
Autism Care Plans
Children who are referred from a paediatrician for investigation or treatment associated with possible / confirmed autism spectrum disorder are eligible for up to 20 allied health sessions, with a rebate of $70.65 per session, over the child’s lifetime to assist with the diagnostic / therapeutic process. This care plan can only be used at the discretion of your child’s paediatrician. This care plan is independent of other care plans and funding packages.
Private Health Funds
Depending on your private health policy, you may be entitled to receive rebates from your private health fund for allied health sessions. The amount and frequency of rebates available varies between funds so check with your private health fund to see if they cover Occupational Therapy. Collaborative Partnerships uses HICAPS and is able to process your claim for almost all health funds on the spot.
National Disability Insurance Scheme
Clients eligible for NDIS funding and have an active NDIS plan are able to access therapeutic support with Collaborative Partnerships, provided they are self-managed or plan-managed clients. Collaborative Partnerships is not accepting NDIA managed clients at this time. Please contact your early-childhood early intervention partner (Bushkids) or local area coordinator (Carers Queensland) for more information on accessing the NDIS.
Also see www.ndis.gov.au for more information.
Please note: Collaborative Partnerships and its directors, owners and shareholders accept no responsibility for the accuracy of the general information contained within this page. Parents should consult with their GP or child health professional before acting on any of these options.
Innovative Solutions Funding
The Innovative Solutions Funding Program is available by application through the Inclusion Support Program administered by KU Children's Services, and assists eligible early childhood education services to fund innovative, flexible and responsive solutions to barriers to inclusion and embed inclusive practices. Many institutions utlise this funding for consultation services or professional development with Collaborative Partnerships Occupational Therapists.