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Funding Options

There are a number of rebates and funding options available to families to assist with both therapy services and product purchases.


FUNDING OPTIONS FOR THERAPY SERVICES

Apply here for therapy services and we can provide more information as needed.

Private Health Insurance

Rebates are available for Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology and Physiotherapy from all private health insurance providers. Please check with your health fund to find out specific rebates. Rebates vary according to the level of cover you have and some companies have tiered rebates according to how long you've been a member. No GP referrals are required.

Medicare

  • Chronic Disease Management Plan (Previously called Enhanced Primary Care or EPC) - Children are referred by their GP for up to 5 speech, physio and/or OT sessions per calender year. Rebates of $52.95 per session.
  • Medicare Mental Health Care Plan - Children are referred by their GP. This will cover up to 10 sessions per calender year with an approved Mental Health Care Provider. This rebate is for Occupational Therapy, Psychology and Social Work. Rebates of $92.50 per session. 
  • Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) - This Care Plan is approved by your paediatrician for children up to the age of 15 years. Rebates are available for up to 20 sessions in total for either Speech Therapy or Occupational Therapy. Rebates are $84.80 per session.
  • Better Start for Children with Disabilities - This Care Plan is approved by your GP for children up to the age of 15 years. The children that fall into the category of diagnosis as Better Start FACSHIA funding are eligible for this Medicare programme as well. Up to 20 sessions in total for either Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy is included. Rebates are $84.80 per session.

FAHCSIAHelping Children with Autism and Better Start Early Intervention Programmes

This programme has been in place since 2008, with the Better Start initiative coming on board in 2010. Families are now gradually transitioning to NDIS, however some children are still on the FAHCSIA programmes. The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) provides early intervention funding of up to $12,000 for therapy services for eligible children aged 0-6 years. In order to be panel service providers therapy agencies are required to fulfil a number of criteria, including evidence-based practices and a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of autism. Skillbuilders Therapy has been a panel-provider since the programmes inception.

NDIS - National Disability Insurance Scheme and WA NDIS

Skillbuilders is a registered provider for both the NDIS and WANDIS schemes. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support for Australians with disability, their families and carers. The NDIS supports people with disability to build skills and capability so they can participate in the community and employment. This includes funding equipment and resources that are considered to be reasonable and necessary to help the participant achieve his/her goals. NDIS means that funding is available for all children (not just 0-7 year olds) and eligibility is determined by the functional implications of disability, rather than by diagnosis.
Skillbuilders Therapy Services currently provides OT, Speech Pathology and Physiotherapy via NDIS. Children can receive individual and/or group therapy services at home, school, day care or at our centres. In order for children to access our therapy services using this funding, we need to provide you with a quote detailing the recommended services and costs for your child. You can phone us anytime to discuss this. 

PITS Funding (Post Intervention Support Funding)

PITS funding is available to those who are part of the Cerebral Palsy Mobility Service (CPMS) or iRehab program at Perth CHildren's Hospital (PCH) following Botox® or orthopaedic surgery to enable skill acquisition and rehabilitation. The eligibility for PITS funded therapy is determined by PCH. The number of sessions funded depends on the type of medical/surgical intervention provided. As PITS funding aims to maximise the effect of the intervention it therefore must be used within a specific timeframe (ie within 6 months post-Botox® and/or before the next round of injections). Any unused sessions therefore expire. To check if you are eligible for PITS funding, please contact the Coordinator of CPMS at PCH on 9380 2133.

ICWA - Insurance Commission of WA

For children who have injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Clients of the ICWA are eligible to receive Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology and Physiotherapy sessions through Skillbuilders.


FUNDING OPTIONS FOR THERAPY PRODUCTS

FAHCSIA- Helping Children with Autism and Better Start Early Intervention Programmes

Better Start and HCWA funding can be used to purchase resources for eligible children. Expenditure of intervention funds is limited to a maximum of $4200 in total ($2100 per financial year) and resources must be selected to meet specific therapy goals, as agreed by the parents and therapist involved with the child. As Skillbuilders is a registered provider we can process claims for families provided we receive a copy of the child's FAHCSIA Letter of Approval and documentation from the child's therapist supporting the need for the items.


NDIS - National Disability Insurance Scheme

Skillbuilders are Registered Providers for equipment and resources in all states of Australia (awaiting Northern Territory). For children funded under the NDIS parents, carers and therapists can generate quotes directly from our website for particular items that they feel would benefit the child. This quote comes directly to your email and you can then take a copy to the NDIS planning meeting for inclusion in the child's plan.There are two categories in your child's NDIS Plan which can include equipment items:

CORE SUPPORTS/Consumables - Daily Adaptive Equipment

                                       OR

CAPITAL SUPPORTS/Assistive Technology - Flexible Equipment Package (For Changing Needs) Annual Amount

Children with special needs are eligible for an annual budget for 'low risk, low cost' equipment (Level 1) as part of their NDIS funding plan. This needs to be included at the planning meeting stage. It is designed to allow parents to access the bits and pieces needed to help children meet their NDIS goals. All of the products listed on our website come under this category, with the exception of Weighted Blankets.


What is the process?


 Step 1 - Check your child's plan has Assistive Technology or Consumables (Daily Adaptive Equipment) 
                 listed in the budget
 Step 2 - Choose the management method that applies to your child's plan

Self Managed

 

You can purchase just as normal from our website and submit the invoice to NDIA to claim. If you prefer to claim the funds first, you can:

* Generate a quote on our website
* Call or email to ask us to convert it to an invoice
* Submit this to NDIS and phone us once paid. You can pay us over the phone.
* We'll get your order ready to send in the meantime.


Plan Managed

 

In this case the Plan Manager pays the invoice.

* Generate a quote on our website (parents and/or therapists can do this)
* Call or email us so that we know to convert the quote into an invoice and send it to your Plan Manager
* We can send the order when payment has been completed.


NDIS Managed

When the plan is NDIS managed we submit the payment request to NDIS on the portal. You need to:

* Generate a quote on our website (again therapists and/or parents can do this)
* Print and complete the Service Agreement below and email to us.

Then we submit the request on the NDIS portal and send the items once approved (usually next day) 


To generate a Quote: 
                                        1. Select the items you'd like - click 'add to Quote'
                                     2. Go to the Shopping Cart and add shipping as indicated
                                     3. Click the button that says QUOTES and add in your details
                                     4. Click SUBMIT. An email will come to you in a few minutes.


Click here to download our  Service Agreement