Rebates / Funding

Raising a family can be expensive, particularly if your child requires therapy or has ongoing medical needs. TLC-WA is an accredited service provider under a number of public health initiatives, which means, depending on your individual circumstances, you may be eligible for funding assistance to help cover the cost of our services. Being a registered provider also means our services have met the legal and quality compliance standards demanded by these government bodies. In addition, if you have private health insurance, you may be eligible to receive rebates relating to our services from your insurance provider.

The following is designed to provide an overview of various funding options that may be available to our clients. For further information, please contact us or speak with your GP or private health insurer.

NDIS (The National Disability Insurance Scheme)

The NDIS provides individualised support and additional funding for people with disabilities as well as to their families and carers. The scheme is currently in the process of being rolled out across WA, with all areas expected to be covered by 2020. The NDIS provides funding assistance relating to a variety of allied health services to those individuals and families who meet eligibility criteria. For more information, visit the NDIS website here.

Helping Children with Autism (HCWA)

HCWA provides up to $12,000 in total to help children up to the age of seven years who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Please enquire with your Autism Advisor or your doctor if you are eligible to receive funding under the HCWA. For more information visit the Department of Social Services website here.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Go to www.dss.gov.au for more information.

Better Start for Children with Disability

Better Start for Children with Disability provides funding for children under the age of six years, who have been diagnosed with a range of disabilities, including those listed below. Contact your specialist or visit the Department of Social Services website here to find out whether your family qualifies for funding of our services under this initiative.

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Deaf blindness
  • 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

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Go to www.dss.gov.au for more information.

Medicare Better Access Initiative

The Medicare Better Access Initiative aims at improving outcomes for people with a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder. Medicare rebates are available to clients 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 and behavioural and social difficulties. Talk to your GP or visit www.health.gov.au to determine whether you are eligible to apply for funding under the Better Access Initiative.

Chronic Disease Management Plan

Families dealing with chronic medical conditions may be eligible for rebates to help cover the cost of allied health services such as Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology and Dietetics. A chronic medical condition refers to conditions that have been present for more than six months, including many forms of communication difficulty. Discuss your eligibility for a Chronic Disease Management Plan with your therapist who will advise how this can be organised through your GP. Your GP will be responsible for confirming your eligibility. Alternatively, visit www.humanservices.gov.au for more information.

Private Health Insurance

TLC-WA is registered with most major private health funds. Depending on your level of cover, you may be eligible to claim a percentage of the cost of our assessment and/or therapy services through your private health provider. Please check with your insurer to determine if you are eligible for any rebates.

COVID-19 - CURRENT MEASURES IN PLACE AT TLC-WA

UPDATE EFFECTIVE 11 May 2020

TLC-WA took the difficult decision to close all face to face appointments for our clients from Tuesday 24th March 2020. This difficult decision was made in order to protect the health of our therapists, our clients and the wider community. Given the fantastic work done in the community to ensure everyone's safety, we are pleased to announce that TLC WA is now heading back to face to face appointments. Therapists will be making a gradual return to the clinic and will be contacting all their clients to let them know about their ongoing therapy. Some clients that are at increased risk, should they come into contact with the coronavirus, are choosing to remain with Telehealth appointments for the foreseeable future.

The NDIA have approved the use of funds for Telehealth appointments. Please follow the link for further information for participants https://www.ndis.gov.au/coronavirus/participants-coronavirus-covid-19

Medicare and private health fund rebates are available for Telehealth appointments. These temporary items will remain in place until 30th September 2020, we are yet to be informed if ongoing Telehealth appointments will be covered after that date.

Whilst we are seeing clients at the clinic from Monday 11th May 2020 please note that all precautions remain in place, ie please remain in the car park whilst waiting for your appointment, your therapist will come out to find you. All equipment and toys need to be cleaned between appointments, therefore all appointments will finish 5 minutes early to ensure infection control procedures can be conducted. Please do not attend the clinic if you have ANY signs of illness.

Please be reassured that we will continue to support and provide services for all our clients during these difficult and challenging times. If you have any questions please either email reception@tlc-wa.com.au or call us on (08) 9301 1154 and please leave a message. We will respond to all enquiries as soon as possible.

Keep your distance, stay safe, stay well and we will all get through this together.

With best wishes,
Diana Chivers
Director