- Autism Advisors
- Early Days
- Centrelink payments
- Carer Allowance (child) is a supplementary payment for parents or carers who provide daily care and attention for children with a disability or severe medical condition at home.Carer Allowance (child) may be paid on top of Carer Payment (child) or other payments, such as Age Pension. For more information about this payment go to www.centrelink.gov.au and search for carer allowance
- Funding options
Information on funding available through Helping children with autism package can be obtained from the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs website at ? http://www.facs.gov.au/internet/facsinternet.nsf/disabilities/services-h... The Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC) scheme is for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder who need help in any of the allied health areas including speech pathology, psychology, and occupational therapy. Talk to your GP about putting together an Enhanced Primary Care program for your child.
From 1 July 2008, six items are available on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) as part of the Australian Government’s $190 million Helping Children with Autism package. These items allow allied health professionals to provide services for children aged under 13 years (for diagnosis) and under 15 years (for treatment) with autism or any other pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). The MBS items have been developed in close consultation with allied health professional organisations. Registering with Medicare Australia: Provider registration forms can be obtained from Medicare Australia on 132 150 or at www.medicareaustralia.gov.au
ISP (Individual Support Packages) Individuals wishing to register their contact details with DACT (Disability ACT) may do so by clicking on the link www.dhcs.act.gov.au/disabilityact or by contacting the Information Service on 62071086. ISP policy complements DACT’s broader funding arrangements and DACT’s strategic direction, currently articulated in Future Directions: a Framework for the ACT 2004-08.
Lois Ford, Executive Director, Disability ACT Lois.firstname.lastname@example.org