Government Funded Programs
Government Funded Programs
Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative (MEDICARE)
Children or a family member with a recognised mental health issue, Medicare provides rebates for psychology services. Eligible clients can claim a maximum of ten (10) sessions per calendar year under a Mental Health Care Plan for individual/ group therapy.
Referral process: to access this program, families will need a referral letter and a Mental Health Care Plan from their GP for services recommended in their care plan.
Children registered under the Better Start and Helping Children With Autism programs are also eligible for Medicare items for up to 20 relevant allied health services in total for each eligible child up to the age of 15 provided the treatment and management plan is in place before the age of 13.
Referral process: to access these services, families will need to be registered under either the Better Start or Helping Children With Autism program. Azza's clinic is a private organization charging private fees which range per service and therefore does not bulk bill. Medicare rebates however can be claimed from each service with a suitable referral in place.
- Medicare Rebates for Mental Health Services provided by Psychologists
- Table of Medicare Benefits and Rebates
Helping Children With Autism
Eligible children can receive early intervention therapy services funding of up to $12,000 (to a maximum of $6,000 in any one financial year) up until their seventh birthday. This Program is for children who have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder from a Paediatrician, Psychiatrist or multidisciplinary team (including a Paediatrician or Psychiatrist) and who have been registered by an Autism Advisor before their sixth birthday.
Azza's clinic offers Early Intervention Programs, which includes Behavioural therapy & Skills training for the child and Parent Training. Our Psychology services can be claimed under FAHCSIA.
Please click here to find out more about our Helping Children with Autism services listed on the FAHCSIA website.
Eligible children can receive early intervention therapy services funding of up to $12,000 (to a maximum of $6,000 in any one financial year) up until their seventh birthday. This Program is for children who have been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Sight Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Prader Willi Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, Kabuki Syndrome, Smith-Magenis Syndrome, CHARGE Syndrome, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, Cri du Chat Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and Microcephaly.
Azza's clinic provides early intervention therapy services for DSS funded children and their families to develop their social, emotional and behavioural skills required for school readiness.
Please click here to find out more about our Better Start services listed on the FAHCSIA website.
NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme)
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), launched on the 1 July 2013, aims to provide community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. From 1 July 2016 the NDIS will be expanded to many areas in NSW and Sydney region. For more information about where and when the National Disability Insurance Scheme is available go to Roll out of National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Eligibility for NDIS services: A person accessing the NDIS must be able to show that they are eligible for the scheme in relation to:
- Their disability (resulting from impairment)
- The permanence of their disability
- The impact on their functional capacity (e.g., communication, activities of daily living)
- The impairment or impairments affecting the person's capacity for social and economic participation
To qualify for eligibility for the early intervention component of the scheme the person:
- Must have one or more of the following: intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory or physical impairment that is, or is likely to be, permanent
- Has one or more identified impairment that is attributable to a psychiatric condition and is, or is likely to be, permanent
- Is a child who has developmental delay
For some people the question of eligibility may be more complex, or the NDIS may need extra information to support the planning process. In these circumstances, they may request a registered provider to assess an individual.
For further information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), visit http://www.ndis.gov.au/
ATAPS/ Psychological Support Services (PSS)
The Central and Eastern Sydney PHN Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program is transitioning to become Psychological Support Services (PSS) from 1 December 2016. PSS will deliver services to underserviced and/or hard to reach groups in our region.
What is Psychological Support Services (PSS)?
PSS is for people with a diagnosable mild to moderate mental illness who fit within the below identified underserviced and/or hard to reach target populations and for whom available services (including Medicare subsidised services) are not suitable:
- Children (0-12) and young people (12-25)
- Women experiencing perinatal depression
- People who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
- People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
- People who have attempted, or who are at risk of suicide, or self-harm
- Other underserviced groups, including:
- Adults who are unable to access Medicare subsidised psychological services
- Adults who are, or are at risk of becoming homeless
- Adults living within the former LGAs of Botany Bay, Hurstville, Rockdale, Canterbury and Strathfield, that have been identified as experiencing high levels of psychological distress and/or low access to psychological services.
Please click here for more information. Please contact the Mental Health Team on 9330 9999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further enquiries.
We are here to help
We understand that the health system can be complex and we support families to understand what programs and services you may be eligible to receive. For further details about any of our programs or to discuss your child's difficulties and needs please contact us on (02) 9534 5317 or email@example.com