We are registered with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) along with other various funding schemes and programs. We are able to claim on the spot for Medicare (you just need to bring your card with you and any relevant referral forms listed below). See detailed information regarding Funding below:
THE NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME (NDIS)
GoldilOTs is a fully registered NDIS provider. For those who have NDIS funding you are able to access all of our services as provided for in your individualised plan. We can help you work towards achieving your goals in your plan. Please see the NDIS website for further information: NDIS Information for Families or call 1800 800 100 and speak with a representative of NDIS.
MENTAL HEALTH PLAN
The Mental Health Plan (MHP) is a Medicare-rebated funding program for people who have mental health conditions (anxiety, depression etc.) It consists of up to 10 rebates per calendar year for Occupational Therapy. An extension of 4 further sessions can be applied for by your Occupational Therapist in extreme circumstances. Rebates vary, from $75 -$97.00 depending on session time and location delivery. Rebates may change, this information can be accessed on the MBS online.
HOW CAN I ACCESS THIS FUNDING?
You or your child may be eligible for this funding package if you or your child have a mental health condition or a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum, Anxiety Disorder or ADD / ADHD and if this condition is being managed by your GP or Mental Health Provider.
You will need to visit your GP or Mental Health Provider to discuss eligibility. Once deemed eligible, your GP will complete paperwork which they will either give to you to bring into GoldilOTs or they can fax the form to us. (Please note that when visiting your GP to discuss eligibility for the Mental Health Plan or other Medicare initiatives, ask for an extended appointment time as there may be considerable paperwork involved.)
You are then entitled to claim under this program provided your GP has registered your plan with Medicare.
CHRONIC DISEASES MANAGEMENT PLAN
The Chronic Diseases Management Plan (CDM) is a Medicare-rebated funding program for people who have chronic medical conditions (classified as a condition that has been present for at least 6 months).
It consists of 5 (maximum) rebates per calendar year for Allied Health services (ie. Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Psychology). If you are accessing more than one type of therapy you are entitled to share the CDM sessions across the therapists (ie. not 5 rebates per service). The rebate is $52. 92. Rebate amount may change periodically.
HOW CAN I ACCESS THIS FUNDING?
You or your child may be eligible for this funding package if you or your child have a chronic medical condition and if this condition is being managed by your GP under a Chronic Diseases Management Plan. This plan is established by your GP and your therapist (Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist and/or Psychologist) is invited to participate in your care under this plan.
Your GP will either give the form to you to bring into the clinic or they can fax the form to us. You are then entitled to claim your rebate under this program provided your GP has registered your plan with Medicare.
AUTISM INITIATIVE – PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY (PDD)
The Autism Initiative (PDD) is a Medicare-rebated funding scheme that has been put in place to help fund assessment and therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD).
The funding scheme provides funding for eligible children to access 4 sessions for assessment and 20 sessions for therapy with Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists or Psychologists. This funding is eligible to be used for children up to the age of 13 but can be used only once (cannot be claimed again). Children up to the age of 15 may be eligible for treatment funding only if they have a prior diagnosis of ASD or PDD. Your Paediatrician or Psychiatrist will provide paperwork which you then bring with you to GoldilOTs. Alternately they can send the paperwork directly to GoldilOTs. Rebates vary, from $75.00 + depending on the type of session and location delivery. Rebates may change, this information can be accessed on the MBS online.
THE HELPING CHILDREN WITH AUTISM (HCWA) INITIATIVE
HCWA is a funding scheme for children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD). You are eligible to access this funding through Autism Victoria if your child is between the ages of 0-6 years. Children must be approved for this funding prior to their 6th birthday and the funding can be accessed until the child’s 7th birthday. GoldilOTs is registered to provide these services to eligible children.
BETTER START FUNDING INITIATIVE
Better Start is a funding scheme that allows children with developmental disabilities to access funding for early intervention services.
The initiative includes the following components:
Funding for early intervention services and treatments for eligible children under the age of six
Medicare items for the development of a treatment and management plan for eligible children under the age of 13
Medicare items for up to four allied health diagnostic services and for 20 relevant allied health services (in total) for eligible children up to the age of 15 (provided the treatment and management plan is in place before the age of 13).