Funding

Skills for Kids therapists are registered to provide services to children who receive rebates (i.e. part of the cost is reimbursed by an external agency to the parents) and who receive funding (i.e. all of the cost is paid by an external agency)

Rebates

Skills for Kids is registered to provide rebates through:

  • Private Health Funds
    Most private health funds provide rebates for assessment and intervention depending on your level of cover. Check with your health fund if your child is eligible for a rebate.
  • Medicare
    • Chronic Disease Individual Allied Health Service Plan (CDM) for children with chronic or complex difficulties. Note: Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists can deliver services using this plan.
    • Better Access to Mental Health Plan using Focused Psychological Services (FPS)
      for children with mental health or behavioural difficulties. Using this plan, children can receive occupational therapy for cognitive behavioural therapy including:
      –   attention regulation
      –   relaxation strategies
      –   skills training
      –   problem solving training
      –   anger management
      –   stress management
      –   communication training
      –   social skills training
      Note: Occupational Therapists who have a specific level and type of experience, can deliver services using this plan.  We can advise whether your child’s therapist is eligible.
  • Better Start for Children with a Disability Initiative for assessment to support diagnosis and subsequent intervention for children with specific disabilities.
    Note: Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists can deliver services using this plan.

To receive Medicare rebates, children need to be referred by a doctor. Information about Medicare rebates is available through:

Web: www.medicareaustralia.gov.au
Email: alliedhealth.items@health.gov.au


Funding

Skills for Kids is a registered NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) service provider:

  • The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) supports children with a permanent and significant disability which affects their ability to take part in everyday activities. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) works with families to identify the supports a child’s needs to achieve goals in many aspects of their life, including independence, involvement in community, education, health and wellbeing. The NDIS gives parents choice and control over how, when and where supports are provided. It also focuses on early intervention to reduce the long term impact of disability on a child. The NDIS will fund occupational therapy and speech language pathology services for children who meet the criteria.

For further information contact:

Web: www.ndis.gov.au
Email: enquiries@ndis.gov.au
Phone: 1800 800 110 (8am – 8pm Monday to Friday)

Skills for Kids can also provide services that are paid for by:

  • Department of Family and Community Services
  • Insurance Companies