Complete Therapy Group is a private clinic where fees are applicable for all services. All of our psychologists are registered to work under the Better Access to Medicare program and are registered NDIS providers. We also work under other schemes such as TAC, Workcover and Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT). Many individuals will be eligible for rebates under Medicare or via their private health insurance. Our experienced and friendly team will assist and guide you through this.
The Autism Initiative – Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
The Autism Initiative (PDD) is a Medicare funded 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).
With a diagnosis of ASD or PDD, the child will be eligible for a rebate for 20 sessions of therapy with a psychologist, speech pathologist or occupational therapist, or other allied health professional. Your paediatrician or psychiatrist can develop a treatment plan for your child. These rebates can only be used once, the child needs to have their initial session by their 13th birthday, and the remainder of the sessions needs to be used by the child’s 15th birthday.
The scheme provides funding for eligible children to access 4 sessions for assessment and 20 sessions for therapy with speech pathologists, occupational therapists or psychologists.
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) prior to their 6th birthday, and this funding can be accessed up until the child’s 7th birthday. The funding is up to $6000 per financial year (up to a total of $12,000) and is specifically for early intervention for the child.
Autism Victoria is the overseeing body for the HCWA Funding in Victoria. Although Complete Therapy Group cannot see clients under this initiative, if your child is currently receiving HCWA funding you will be able to continue to use this as normal elsewhere. Please note however, this initiative has now been replaced with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Complete Therapy Group are able to work with clients who have an existing NDIS approved plan.
Please refer to the Australian Government – Department of Human Services website for more information on Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) and the Safety Net Threshold at www.humanservices.gov.au
Mental Health Plan (MHCP)
Better Access Mental Health Care Plan is a Medicare funded program following a plan from your GP or paediatrician. This will allow up to ten sessions (that is, 6 + 4 sessions) per calendar year to manage general mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression. Once deemed eligible a standard plan will allow for six sessions with a psychologist or other allied health professionals as specified.
Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDMP)
Chronic Disease Management plan (CDM) formally Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan can be accessed from a plan from your GP. If eligible, this will allow up to five sessions per year and can be renewed each year. This plan can be used for psychology, speech pathology or occupational therapy.
For more information on Medicare and the Medicare Safety Net Threshold, please refer to www.humanservices.gov.au about the Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS).
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way to support people with disability using an individualised and lifelong approach. Clients who have NDIS packages may use their funding to cover or partially cover the fees for services. Our psychologists at Complete Therapy Group are registered NDIS providers, therefore we accept self-managed, plan-managed and NDIA packages. Under the NDIS, an approved plan may allow access to treatment and assessment services.
Please contact the NDIS on 1800 800 110 or www.ndis.gov.au for further information.
Services provided at Complete Therapy Group may be eligible for rebates through your Private Health Insurance extras cover. Rebates will vary depending on your cover. Please contact your insurance provider to confirm your eligibility for rebates.