National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

  • NDIS is the new way of providing support for Australians with disabiity, their families and carers.
  • It provides support to individuals under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disabiity with reasonable and necessary supports.
  • Support includes but is not limited to community involvement and therapy services.
  • The scheme is administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
  • It is not yet availiable across Victoria:
    • The Central Highlands Area which includes Moorabool Shire (Bacchus Marsh) became operational as of 1st January, 2017.
    • Brimbank/Melton area is due to be rolled out in October, 2018.
  • For families living in Moorabool Shire, please contact a Local Area Coordinator through LaTrobe Community Health Service on 1800 242 696.
  • For more information about the NDIS visit

Medicare – Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative

  • Individuals are entitled to 10 individual sessions and 10 group sessions per calendar year.  A small out of pocket fee applies. 
  • A referral is needed from your local GP or your Paediatrician.
  • Ask for a Mental Health Care Plan.

Medicare – Helping Children with Autism Initiative (HCWA)

  • Individuals diagnosed with Autism, Asperger’s and Pervasive Developmental Disorder – not otherwise specified are entitled to 20 sessions with a Psychologist.  These sessions are one off and need to be used by the time the child turns 14.  A small out of pocket fee applies.
  • A Paediatrician needs to activate this initiative.
  • Ask for a letter stating the date which Helping Children with Autism Funding sessions were activated.

Medicare – Chronic Disease Management Initiative

  • Individuals are entitled to 5 individual sessions per calendar year.  A small out of pocket fee applies. 
  • A referral is needed from your local GP.
  • Ask for an Enhanced Primary Care Plan.

Department of Social Services (DSS)(formally FaHCSIA) and Better Start

  • DSS and Better Start are government funding initiatives for children diagnosed with Autism, Asperger’s, Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified and other Developmental Disorders.
  • Children must be diagnosed before the age of 6 to access this funding.
  • Parents are entitled to receive $12,000 for therapy and relevant resources to assist their child.  This money needs to be used before the child turns 7.
  • Families are allocated $6000 per financial year.  Of this $6000, $2100 can be used for approved resources each year with a maximum spend of $4200.
  • There are no out of pocket fees under these initiatives.
  • Your Paediatrician will activate this funding once a diagnosis is confirmed.

Department of Health - CAREinMIND Mental Health Services (formerly Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS), Children's Emotional Wellbeing Program (CEWP)

  • CEWP is a government funded initiative that assists low income families obtain access to short-term psychological services free of charge. 
  • Children must:
    • be between ages 0-12 years
    • live in or have a regular GP in Melton, Bacchus Marsh, Sunbury, Brimbank, Maribyronong, or the Macedon Ranges (Gisborne, Romsey, Kyneton, etc)
    • be at risk of developing a mental health disorder
    • have an emerging mental health condition.
  • Children and families need to be approved for service.
  • There are no out of pocket fees under these initiatives.
  • Contact us if you think you might be eligible and to obtain an application form.  Please also have a read of these resources:

Private Health Insurance

  • Some Private Health Insurance Providers offer rebates to customers who have Extra’s cover.
  • Check with your provider to find out if you are covered and if rebates apply.
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