Jun 232017

A variety of funding options are available to assist services provided at TLC-WA

Keeping up with the costs of raising children can be a burden. There are a variety of funding assistance options available, especially if your child has special needs. If you are unsure ask your Doctor/General Practitioner (GP). We have compiled some information that may assist you.

Private Health Insurance

A percentage of the cost for the assessment and/or therapy sessions may be claimed back through your private health provider. Please check with your private health insurer to determine if you are eligible for any rebates. We are registered with most major health funds.

 Chronic Disease Management Plan

People with a chronic medical condition could be eligible to receive help to cover allied health services, including speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychology and dietitian. A chronic medical condition means the condition has to be present for more than 6 months, which includes most communication difficulties. The Chronic Disease Management Plan is completed by your GP. For more information visit: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/

 Medicare Better Access to Mental Health Package

The Better Access to Mental Health initiative aims at improving outcomes for people with a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder. Medicare rebates are available to people for selected mental health services provided by general practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists (clinical and registered), eligible social workers and occupational therapists. It is also aimed at helping children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing disorder, anxiety, behavioural and social difficulties. Your GP will be able to determine whether you or your child is eligible to apply for the Better Access to Mental Health initiative. For more information visit: http://www.health.gov.au/

 Helping Children with Autism Package

The HCWA package provides up to $12,000 in total to help children who have been diagnosed with Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder/Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder or Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). Please enquire with your Autism Advisor or your doctor if you are eligible to receive funding under FaHCSIA. For more information visit: http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/

 Better Start Initiative

The Better Start initiative provides funding for children under the age of six, who have been diagnosed with:

  • Cerebral palsy
    • Deafblindness
    • Down syndrome, including mosaic Down syndrome
    • Fragile X syndrome with full mutation
    • Hearing impairment
    • Sight impairment
    • Prader-Willi syndrome
    • Williams syndrome
    • Angelman syndrome
    • Kabuki syndrome
    • Smith-Magenis syndrome
    • CHARGE syndrome
    • Cornelia de Lange syndrome

For more information visit: http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/

Carers’ Allowance

You may be eligible for the Carers’ Allowance if your child has a disability or serious illness. Discuss whether you could be eligible with your Paediatrician and/or GP. For more information visit https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/claiming-carer-allowance.

 NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme)

 The WA National Disability Insurance Scheme (WA NDIS) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provide individualised support for people with disabilities, their families and carers.  You must meet eligibility criteria to access these schemes. 

Currently, the NDIS is well underway in many areas across Perth including the Hills and surrounding areas, Cockburn-Kwinana, Armadale, Serpentine and Jarrahdale and the Lower South West.  The NDIS will be available to all eligible Western Australians within three years of the state-wide roll out which will start Saturday, 1 July 2017.

The roll out will begin on Saturday, 1 July 2017 in the Kimberley-Pilbara region, the remaining South Metro region and the Perth Hills.

Continuing in 2018, the NDIS will roll out on Sunday, 1 July 2018 in the Goldfields Esperance communities, North Metro and the remaining Wheatbelt, South West and Central South Metro.


In 2019, beginning Monday, 1 July 2019 the NDIS will roll out into the Midwest Gascoyne, Great Southern, Central North Metro and South East Metro.

The WA NDIS and NDIS provides increased choice and control to the person with disability, their family and carers. TLC-WA is a registered WA NDIS and NDIS service provider and can provide a comprehensive range of disability services to individuals with disability, their families and carers. There is a wealth of information on the National Disability Insurance Scheme website or on the WA NDIS website.


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