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).
  • Discovering Strength is funded to provide support under Improved Daily Living.  We are NOT approved to provide Behaviour Support.
  • Participants need to be self-managed or have a plan manager.  We are NOT able to assist if you are NDIA (agency) managed.
  • Please refer to the NDIS Price Guide for budget considerations.
  • 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.
  • An 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.  
  • An 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. 
  • An out of pocket fee applies. 
  • A referral is needed from your local GP.
  • Ask for an Enhanced Primary Care Plan.

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.

Victims of Crime, TAC, Worksafe

  • Discovering Strength will work with families that we already see if they have this funding.
  • Your therapist will discuss with you if you may be eligible for these funding streams.

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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