Better Start Medicare items

In addition to the early intervention funding under Better Start, children with the listed disabilities (including those who are over the age of six) may be eligible for Medicare rebates for:

  • the development of a treatment and management plan by a general practitioner or by a specialist or consultant physician (for a child under 13 years of age).
     
  • up to four diagnostic / assessment services delivered by psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, audiologists, optometrists, orthoptists or physiotherapists to assist the referring practitioner with diagnosis or to contribute to a child’s treatment and management plan (for a child under 13 years of age).
     
  • up to twenty  treatment services delivered by psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, audiologists, optometrists, orthoptists or physiotherapists (for a child under 15 years of age, providing a treatment and management  plan is in place before their 13th birthday).

Parents and carers of eligible children are not required to complete a formal application to access the Medicare component of the initiative, but will need to be referred by their general practitioner or by a specialist or consultant physician. Children with an eligible diagnosis do not have to be registered (for the Better Start early intervention funding) in order to access the Medicare rebates.

The Medicare component of the Better Start initiative is administered by the Department of Health and Ageing. Further information about the Medicare component of Better Start is available on the Department of health website.

Content Updated: 31 October 2012