There are lots of different funding options available and determining which ones your child can access can be overwhelming. We’ve outlined the main funding schemes available below, but we encourage you to get in touch with us in order to discuss which funding options your child may be eligible to access.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The NDIS is available to individuals with a significant and permanent disability who need assistance and support with a range of activities across their lifespan. At Village Child and Adolescent Psychology we can see individuals with self-managed and plan-managed NDIS plans. If you’re unsure how to apply for the NDIS, please get in touch and we can provide some guidance here.
Private Health Insurance
Psychological sessions are covered by most major private health funds. You will need to contact your private health care provider in order to determine whether you are eligible for a rebate under your current level of cover. Please note that you cannot claim Medicare and Private Health Insurance for the same session.
The Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (Better Access) Initiative aims to improve outcomes for people with a clinically diagnosed mental disorder through evidence-based treatment. Under this initiative, Medicare rebates are available for sessions at Village Child and Adolescent Psychology. In order to access this rebate, your child’s GP will need to complete a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) which outlines their presenting issues, therapeutic goals and the treatment required. A MHCP will need to be obtained before your child’s first session. A Medicare rebate can then be claimed for a portion of your child’s session fee for between 6 to 10 sessions per calendar year.
There are also additional Medicare programs that your child may be eligible to access including a Chronic Disease Management Plan (up to five sessions of therapy per year) and the Allied Health Medicare services under the Helping Children with Autism Package (up to twenty sessions of therapy until your child turns 13 years old). There are still out-of-pocket fees associated with sessions using these programs. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to discuss whether your child qualifies for these plans.