Funding

At the GCFC we are equipped with HiCaps, which allows us to complete your private health fund claims on the spot. Please check with your individual health insurer to check that you are covered for the service you are wishing to claim on. There are also several other government-funded programs currently in place to assist with financial support for your therapy.

The GCFC is a registered NDIS Provider

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Medicare

The Therapists who work at The Gabrielle Centre for Children are all registered with Medicare Australia. There are several plans your GP can recommend for your child, including the Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC). With this plan, you may be able to claim up to 5 Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy or Psychology sessions a year if you are eligible for the Enhanced Primary Care Plan. Please talk to your GP for more details on this plan.

 

To read more information on the EPC: EPC information

 

Several Occupational Therapists and Psychologists who work at The Gabrielle Centre for Children are also registered to deliver services under the Focused Psychological Services’ (FPS) program. Your GP will determine your eligibility for this plan which will enable you to claim up to 10 Occupational Therapy/Psychology sessions/calendar year and up to 16 under exceptional circumstances.

FaHCSIA Funding – Helping Children With Autism package

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) has announced $190 million to go towards early intervention funding as part of the federal government’s Helping Children With Autism package. One of the initiatives from FaHCSIA is funding of up to $12,000 for children aged 0-6 years. The Gabrielle Centre for Children is a provider of the Department of FaHCSIA Early Intervention Service Provider Panel. To be eligible to receive this funding, your child must have a formal diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder and must be aged between 0-6 years.

If your child has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is aged 0-6 years and has not yet started full-time compulsory school you may be eligible to access a funding package of up to $12,000.

 

What can the funds be used for?

 

FaHCSIA has established a panel of early intervention service providers of which The Gabrielle Centre for Children is one. Families can spend the funding package at any number of these services. Your Autism Advisor will provide you with further information on the panel.

  • Families can spend up to $6,000 per financial year, up to a total of $12,000

  • Families can choose to spread the funding over the course of a financial year or may choose to use it within a short period of time whilst the child remains eligible.

  • Families can choose to use the funding to pay for whole sessions or can choose to pay for only a portion of a service and use their own money to pay for the rest of the service.

 

What can’t the funds be used for?

 

  • FaHCSIA funding cannot be used to subsidise the gap in Medicare-funded services or any services that are fully funded by the government.

  • FaHCSIA will not pay for cancelled or missed appointments. This will be the responsibility of the family.

 

FaHCSIA’s role in the funding package


FaHCSIA will reimburse The Gabrielle Centre for Children and other services you access in arrears on behalf of families for services delivered. FaHCSIA will send out a monthly activity statement to families with information on where they have spent their funds and funding balances.

 

The Gabrielle Centre for Children’s role in the funding package


The Gabrielle Centre for Children is a member of the Early Intervention Service Provider Panel. Once you have been deemed eligible for the funding by FaHCSIA by your Autism Advisor, you can receive services from us and we will be directly reimbursed by the government.

 
Gabrielle Centre for Children

 

The Gabrielle Centre for Children’s role is to provide you with the therapy service. Assistance with obtaining and using the funding should be directed to your allocated Autism Advisor.

 

Where can I get further information on the package?


If you would like more information about the Helping Children with Autism package, fact sheets are available from the FaHCSIA website at

www.fahcisa.gov.au/autism, the DoHA website at http://www.health.gov.au/autism and the DEEWR website at www.deewr.gov.au

 

You can also call the Helping Children with Autism Inquiry Line on 1800 289 177 or email (general enquiries).

FaHCSIA Funding – Better Start For Children with Disability (Better Start) Initiative

The Gabrielle Centre for Children is an Early Intervention Service Provider and is eligible to receive funding for clients 0-6 years of age, of up to $12,000 per child, for services provided over a two year period.

The Australian Government has announced $122 million in funding over 4 years to provide services and support to children up to 15years of age with a disability that affects their development.

 

Under the Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start) initiative – Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome and moderate of greater vision or hearing impairment, including deaf-blindness will be considered for eligibility.

 

Who is eligible for this funding?

From 1st July 2011 children who are aged under 6years and have been diagnosed with one of the listed disabilities will be able to register to access the early intervention funding of up to $12,000 (up to a maximum of $6,000 per financial year).

Below are the eligibility thresholds for each of the disabilities included under the Better Start initiative. These thresholds were determined in consultation with an Expert Reference Group established by the Department.

Hearing impairment:

Children will be eligible if they have a hearing loss of 40 decibels or greater in the better ear, across 4 frequencies (including children with permanent conductive hearing loss and auditory neuropathy).

Sight impairment:

Children will be eligible if they have vision of less than or equal to 6/18 or equivalent field loss, in the better eye with correction.

Deafblindness:

Diagnosis by a specialist multidisciplinary team which includes an ophthalmological and audiological evaluation (therefore the application of a threshold is not necessary).

Down syndrome:
All children with a confirmed diagnosis of Down syndrome, including those with mosaic Down syndrome.

Fragile X syndrome:
All children with a confirmed diagnosis of Fragile X syndrome with the full mutation.

 

Cerebral palsy:
All children with a confirmed diagnosis of cerebral palsy

What can the funds be used for?

FaHCSIA has established a panel of early intervention service providers of which The Gabrielle Centre for Children has applied. Families can spend the funding package at any number of these services.

Families can spend up to $6,000 per financial year, up to a total of $12,000.

 

Families can choose to spread the funding over the course of a financial year or may choose to use it within a short period of time whilst the child remains eligible.

 

Families can choose to use the funding to pay for whole sessions or can choose to pay for only a portion of service and use their own money to pay for the rest of the service.

 

The funding will be able to be used to access early intervention services such as speech pathology, audiology, occupational therapy, orthoptics, physiotherapy and psychology. Families will have until the child’s 7th birthday to access the funding.

 

What can’t the funds be used for?

  • FaHCSIA funding cannot be used to subsidise the gap in Medicare-funded services or any services that are fully funded by the government.

  • FaHCSIA will not pay for cancelled or missed appointments. This will be the responsibility of the family.

FaHCSIA’s role in the funding package

  • FaHCSIA will reimburse The Gabrielle Centre for Children and other services you access in arrears on behalf of families for services delivered.

  • FaHCSIA will send out a monthly activity statement to families with information on where they have spent their funds and funding balances.

The Gabrielle Centre for Children’s role in the funding package

 

The Gabrielle Centre for Children is a member of the Early Intervention Service Provider Panel. Once you have been deemed eligible for the funding by FaHCSIA, you can receive services from us and we will be directly reimbursed by the government.

The Gabrielle Centre for Children’s role is to provide you with the therapy service. Assistance with obtaining and using the funding should be directed to your allocated intake officer.

 

It is important to note that The Gabrielle Centre for Children accepts this FaHCSIA arrears payment as a service to our clients, in order to receive payment from FaHCSIA we are required to complete additional paperwork and systems as well as submit quarterly reviews.