Funding

 

It can be confusing to understand what funding is available to support your child. We are here to help you access various funding schemes that are available. To the Moon & Back has extensive knowledge in this area and we encourage families to contact us to discuss the different funding options you may be eligible to access.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

 

What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

 

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was launched in July 2013 in the Hunter area. It is a new way for people with a disability to receive support while offering greater choice, control and a lifetime approach to each individual’s needs. From July 2016, the NDIS will be progressively rolled out in NSW and by July 2018, all eligible Australian residents will be covered. The NDIS is available to people who have a significant and permanent disability and need assistance with a range of activities.

 

What does the NDIS do?

 

The NDIS provides people with a disability direct access to a pool of funds. Each person’s budget for disability services and support is based on an assessment of their individual needs and goals, for now and for their future development, fulfillment and well-being.

 

For more information, news and upcoming events and fact sheets about the NDIS, visit the NDIS Tab on our website.

Helping Children with Autism Package (HCWA):

 

To the Moon & Back is a registered provider for the Helping children with Autism Program.

 

The Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) program is an Australian Government Initiative providing support for children up to six years of age with an Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD).

 

Eligible children can receive up to $12,000 to fund therapy and resources.

 

Where can I get more information and register my child?

 

For more autism information and support, you can call the Autism Advisor Program on 1300 978 611 or email: autismadvisor@autismspectrum.org.au

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Better Start for Children with Disability

 

To the Moon & Back is a registered provider for the Better Start for children with a disability initiative.

 

Children with an eligible diagnosis must register for Better Start before they turn 6 years old. A child will have until they turn 7 to access funding. If eligible, children registered with Better start can access up to $12,000 (Maximum of $6,000 per year) to pay for early intervention services such as audiology, occupational therapy, orthoptics, physiotherapy, psychology and speech therapy.

 

Children are eligible for the better start program if diagnosed with one of the following disabilities:

 

  • 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
  • Rett’s Disorder
  • Cri du Chat syndrome; or
  • Microcephaly

 

Where can I get more information and register my child?

 

For more information and support, you can call the Better Start Registration and Information Service (RIS) on 1800 242 636. They will be able to set up an appointment to conduct an eligibility assessment for your child. Or you can visit their website: www.betterstart.net.au

medicare

Medicare Programs: (Rebate for private services)

 

To the Moon & Back is a registered Medicare provider. Medicare is Australia’s health care system which gives people some money back after they have seen a doctor or other private health services.

 

To the Moon & Back is able to offer to offer services under two programs under Medicare.

 

  1. Chronic Disease Management Program

This plan is set up by your General Practitioner and will provide funding towards up to 5 sessions of therapy per year. The five sessions may be made up of one type of service or a combination of different types of services. Please note that there is an out of pocket fee associated with services under the CDM. This will vary depending on the rebate amount.

 

  1. Allied Health Medicare services under HCWA Package

This program is set up by your Paediatrician. This funding is in addition to the $12,000 funding eligible to children for early intervention. It will provide funding towards a total of 4 sessions for assessment and up to 20 sessions of therapy until your child turns 13 years of age. Please note that there is an out of pocket fee associated with services under this package. This will vary depending on the rebate amount.

Name of Medicare Program

Who can use the program?

How many times can I use the program?

Who do I need to speak to?

Which private services can I use?

Helping Children with Autism (HCWA)

Under 13 years

4 assessment sessions to assist with the diagnosis in total

Not every year

  • Paediatrician
  • Psychiatrist
  • Speech pathologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Audiologist
  • Optometrist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Orthoptist

NB: chat that your therapist is registered with this item before starting therapy

Helping children with Autism

(HCWA)

Under 15 years

20 therapy sessions in total

Not every year

  • Paediatrician
  • Psychiatrist
  • Speech pathologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Audiologist
  • Optometrist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Orthoptist

NB: chat that your therapist is registered with this item before starting therapy

Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plan

Any age

5 therapy sessions in total

Every year

  • GP (local doctor)
  • Speech pathologist
  • Psychologist
  • Dietician
  • Audiologist
  • Diabetes educator
  • Osteopath
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Aboriginal Health Worker
  • Chiropractor
  • Exercise physiologist

NB: chat that your therapist is registered with this item before starting therapy

Private Health Funds:

 

Speech pathology services are rebatable under certain private health funds. If you do have private health insurance, you may be eligible for a rebate, depending on your type of cover. Please contact your health fund to obtain details on rebates.

 

Sometimes we may need to apply with your specific health fund to be an approved service provider, before you are able to claim for service with To the Moon & Back. We are more than happy to complete the application process, but please note that this process may take up to 3 weeks for approval.