Sensational Kids is a private clinic and fees are applicable for all assessments and treatments. Many of our clients are eligible for rebates under Medicare rebate programs or Private Health.  We are also registered for the Helping Children with Autism, Better Start and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and well as VOCAT and Workcover.  Our experienced team are here to help you manage your funds in the most efficient way so that you can make the most of your treatment.

We are able to claim on the spot for Medicare (you just need to bring your card with you) and Private Health rebates. We unfortunately are not in the position to offer bulk billing services.

For information, advice or our current rates please contact us.

The Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) Initiative

HCWA is a funding scheme for children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD). You are eligible to access this funding through Autism Victoria if your child is between the ages of 0-6 years. Children must be approved for this funding prior to their 6th birthday and the funding can be accessed until the child’s 7th birthday.

The funding is up to $6000 per financial year (up to a total of $12,000) and is specifically for early intervention for the eligible child. You can use this funding only with registered health providers. Sensational Kids is registered to provide these services to eligible children.

How can I access this funding?
How do I use the funding?
What if my child is not eligible for this funding?
Is there further information available?
Autism Initiative – Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD)

The Autism Initiative (PDD) is a Medicare-rebated funding scheme that has been put in place to help fund assessment and therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD).

The funding scheme provides funding for eligible children to access 4 sessions for assessment and 20 sessions for therapy with Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists or Psychologists. This funding is eligible to be used for children up to the age of 13 but can be used only once (cannot be claimed again). Children up to the age of 15 may be eligible for treatment funding only if they have a prior diagnosis of ASD or PDD.

How can I access this funding?
Can I access this funding if I'm using Private Health funding?
What if my child is not eligible for this funding?
The Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start) Initiative

Better Start is a funding scheme that allows children with developmental disabilities to access funding for early intervention services.

Eligible children diagnosed with Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X syndrome, or a moderate or greater vision or hearing impairment, including deaf-blindness, Prader Willi syndrome, Williams syndrome, Angelman syndrome, Kabuki syndrome, Smith-Magenis syndrome, CHARGE syndrome, Cornelia de Lange syndrome, Cri du Chat syndrome, Microcephaly or Rett’s Disorder will have access to funding and new Medicare items under the Better Start for Children with Disability initiative.

The initiative includes the following components:

  • Funding for early intervention services and treatments for eligible children under the age of six
  • Medicare items for the development of a treatment and management plan for eligible children under the age of 13
  • Medicare items for up to four allied health diagnostic services and for 20 relevant allied health services (in total) for eligible children up to the age of 15 (provided the treatment and management plan is in place before the age of 13).

Parents or carers of eligible children will need to register their child for the Better Start initiative before they turn six in order to access the early intervention funding.

How can I access this funding?
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What if my child is not eligible for this funding?
Is there further information available?
Mental Health Plan

The Mental Health Plan (MHP) is a Medicare-rebated funding program for people who have mental health conditions (anxiety, depression etc.) It consists of up to 10 rebates per calendar year for Occupational Therapy and Psychology services. An extension of 4 further sessions can be applied for by your Psychologist or Occupational Therapist in extreme circumstances.

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What if my child is not eligible for this funding?
Chronic Diseases Management Plan

The Chronic Diseases Management Plan (CDM) is a Medicare-rebated funding program for people who have chronic medical conditions (classified as a condition that has been present for at least 6 months).

It consists of 5 (maximum) rebates per calendar year for Allied Health services (ie. Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Psychology). If you are accessing more than one type of therapy you are entitled to share the CDM sessions across the therapists (ie. not 5 rebates per service).

How can I access this funding?
What if my child is not eligible for this funding?
Private Health Insurance
How can I access this funding?
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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

NDIS is a new national funding scheme being rolled out across the disability sector in Australia over the next few years. NDIS offers an information and referral service to any Australian with any level of disability, including access to specialist disability support services.

If eligible for NDIS, your child will receive funding on an annual basis to buy the services and aids your child needs to achieve your goals and achieve optimal independence.

You can decide whether to manage the funds yourself (“self-managed”) or you can ask the NDIS to manage these funds for you.

NDIS has partially rolled out in Melbourne. Please check this link for  NDIS Melbourne Metro roll-out details.

Sensational Kids is registered and currently accepting families who are travelling from regions who have rolled out NDIS and who are currently receiving NDIS funding. Please note we are registered as “Dragonfly Arts (Australia) Pty Ltd trading as Sensational Kids”. 

How can I access this funding?

I'm currently using DSS funding: Will this change?

Is there further information available?

Workcover and TAC

Workcover and TAC may provide funding for you to access our services. Please let us know when you call if you are planning on using this funding to pay for therapy services as there may be a gap payment required.

Victims of Crime (VOCAT)

If you have been the victim of a crime you and/or your child may be eligible for financial assistance for your therapy when assistance from another program is not available. To find out more, visit the Victims of Crime website to apply (www.vocat.vic.gov.au), or speak with one of our Psychologists for further details.