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Getting started with us, only 3 easy steps!

Step 1. Every family is unique and we encourage you to contact us to chat about your concerns. No referral from a GP or paediatrician is necessary, anyone can access our allied health therapy services.

Step 2. We’ll discuss with you the best pathway, our fees and funding options that may be available to you. Our referral form along with any other important information we’ve discussed will be provided to you. Alternatively, you can download and complete our referral form here.

Step 3. Our referral form must be completed and emailed back before you can be placed on our waitlist. We’ll complete a service agreement and contact you to discuss the signing and booking of your first consultation or appointment.

Fees and funding options to offset the cost of therapy

Our fee schedule will be provided during our initial phone consultation, and depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to offset the cost of allied health therapy provided by Growing Early Minds. The pathways available include:

Medicare

At Growing Early Minds we accept a number of Medicare rebate plans you can obtain through your local general practitioner (GP) or paediatrician to offset the cost of allied health therapy services.

When using a rebate with us, you are required to pay for your session in full. We will issue you a receipt which you need to use to claim your eligible rebate back from Medicare. There are several ways you can access Medicare:

We’re currently working towards installing a HICAPS terminal which will allow families to receive their eligible rebate almost immediately into their bank account, making it a more seamless experience. We’ll let all our families know when this feature becomes available.

Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plan

A Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plan must be prepared by your local general practitioner (GP). Under a CDM plan you can access rebates for five (5) visits per calendar year for allied health services under the Medicare Benefits Schedule items 10950-10970. The allied health services covered (but not limited to are): speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, dietetics, audiology, physiotherapy and social work.

The rebate benefit is $52.95 per session. Please note, no matter how long the allied health therapy session, 30, 45 or 60 minutes, only $52.95 can be claimed back from Medicare. 

To use the plan with us, please ensure it is addressed to one of the following: Growing Early Minds, the therapist’s name or general discipline e.g. occupational therapist. If it states another organisation or therapist name it, unfortunately, cannot be used with us.

Fact Sheet – Chronic Disease Management Plan

Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) package

Following a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), your paediatrician can provide you with this plan (also commonly referred to as Medicare item 135), which allows your child to receive up to 20 rebated sessions with allied health professionals such as psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, dietitians, optometrists, orthoptists and physiotherapists.

These rebated sessions can be used until your child’s 15th birthday, however, the initial referral must have been written prior to their 13th birthday. They are not repeatable, meaning once you have used all 20 rebated sessions, this plan cannot be referred again.

The rebate is $84.80 per session for psychology (82015) or $74.80 (for all other allied health services).

To use the plan with us, please ensure it is addressed to one of the following: Growing Early Minds, the therapist’s name or general discipline e.g. occupational therapist. If it states another organisation or therapist name it, unfortunately, cannot be used with us.

Fact Sheet – Helping Children with Autism package

Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan

The Better Access to Mental Health Treatment Plan aims to improve outcomes for people with a clinically diagnosed mental disorder.

Medicare rebates are available for up to ten (10) individual and ten (10) group allied mental health services per calendar year to patients with an assessed mental disorder who are referred by:

  • A GP managing the patient under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan;
  • Under a referred psychiatrist assessment and management plan; or
  • A psychiatrist or paediatrician.

Under this plan, patients can access psychological assessment and therapy services provided by clinical psychologists or appropriately qualified GP’s, occupational therapists or social workers.

The rebate amount is  $84.80 per session. 

To use the plan with us, please ensure it is addressed to one of the following: Growing Early Minds, the therapist’s name or general discipline e.g. psychologist. If it states another organisation or therapist name it, unfortunately, cannot be used with us.

Fact Sheet – Better Access to Mental Health Care

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support to people with disability, their families and carers. The scheme takes a lifetime approach, investing in people early to improve their outcomes later in life. It also exercises freedom of choice over who, how, when and where supports are received.

Depending on your child’s age there are two ways to access the NDIS:

Process for children 0-6 years (ECEI)

All children aged 0-6 years who require support under the NDIS need to contact their allocated Early Childhood Partner. For families based in Western Sydney, the Early Childhood Partner is Northcott and they can be contacted on 1800 818 286.

The Early Childhood Partner will provide families with helpful information, connect them with the most appropriate supports in the local area, and commence the NDIS application and planning process with families.

For a list of all NSW Transition Partners delivering Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services click here or visit ndis.gov.au.

Process for children 7+ years

If your child is 7 years or over, you can contact the NDIS on 1800 800 110 to discuss eligibility and obtain an application form, referred to as an ‘Access Request Form’.

There are specific eligibility criteria that need to be met in order to gain access, which includes age, residency, and disability. The NDIS has an online checklist that can help you determine if you’re eligible or not.

Once your ‘Access Request Form’ is approved, a meeting will be scheduled with an NDIS planner or NDIS Local Area Coordinator (LAC) to create an individualised plan.

More information can be obtained from ndis.gov.au.

Private health cover

Where Medicare or NDIS doesn’t fund services, benefits may be available through your private health insurer for allied health services under ancillary or extras, depending on your agreed level of cover. It’s important to check with your private health insurer prior to making an appointment.

When using your cover with us, you are required to pay for your session in full upon completion, and claim your benefit directly with your private health insurer.

We’re currently working towards installing a HICAPS terminal. This will allow families to claim on the spot, and only settle the gap amount, making it a more seamless experience. We’ll let all our families know when this feature becomes available.

Fee-for-service

Growing Early Minds provides private therapy services and assessments, also known as fee-for-service. The cost varies and depends on a number of factors including the time needed per session, the depth of an assessment, location and travel requirements. Every family is unique and we encourage you to contact our Growing Early Minds team on 02 9622 8500 to discuss your needs. We can then send you the appropriate fee schedule, referral forms, and any other important information.

Services can be offered in any location, but there is a small travel fee applicable where the location is outside of a 5km radius from our Blacktown office.

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