Department Hours & Fees
Tuesday 12.00 pm - 6.30 pm
Wednesday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Thursday 10.00 am - 7.00 pm
Saturday 8.30 am - 4.30 pm
Please check with reception for the times that our Occupational Therapists are working, as hours may vary without notice.
Initial Assessments (2 Required) - (approx. 50 minutes) $185
Feedback Session - (approx. 50 minutes) $185
Therapy Sessions - (approx. 50 minutes) $150
Health Fund Rebates Applicable
ASD Group $300 for 6 weekly sessions (child and/or parent depending on topic of group)
Mums & Babes $260 for 6 weekly sessions (mother and baby between 6 and 30 months)
Please contact reception about dates and times.
An administration fee of $20 per consultation, $10 per group session will be charged to cover the additional administration requirements of Fahcsia funding.
Autism and Better Start Initiatives
Early intervention assistance funding
The early intervention funding under the Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) and Better Start Initiative packages are aimed at providing increased access to early intervention for children aged zero to six with an ASD or Downs Syndrome, Fragile X, Cerebral Palsy and Hearing or Visual Impairments. The funding supports the delivery of multidisciplinary evidence based early intervention to facilitate improved cognitive, emotional and social development prior to a child starting school.
To be eligible for the early intervention funding package a child must have received a diagnosis, and have been seen by an Autism or Better Start Advisor and deemed eligible to access the program prior to their sixth birthday. The $12,000 in funding under the early intervention component can be used until the child's seventh birthday to a maximum of $6,000 per financial year.
Funding for these services is accessed via FaHCSIA.
Medicare rebates can be accessed by children under 15 years with the same medical conditions as above, as long they received a diagnosis prior to 13 years of age.
A referral under this plan can either be for assistance with the diagnosis process (up to 4 sessions), or for treatment after receiving diagnosis (up to 20 sessions). Note that these sessions cannot be renewed annually, and can be used for other allied health services as well as OT (with the total number of services not exceeding 4 and/or 20). The sessions are available for children with Autism or a Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD).
Medicare Autism Rebates
|MBS Item No.||MBS Scheduled Fee||MBS Rebate (July 2012)|
|82010||Occupational therapy service provided to assist the referring practitioner in the diagnosis of the child and/or in the development of the child's PDD plan. The child must be aged under 13 years, and the service must be at least 50 mins in duration. Total of 4 sessions per child.||$86.30||$73.40|
|82025||Occupational therapy service provided to a child, aged under 15 years (and who was aged under 13 years at the time of receiving their PDD plan) for treatment of their particular condition. The service must be at least 50 mins in duration. Total of 20 sessions per child.||$86.30||$73.40|
Who can refer
Either an eligible consultant paediatrician or psychiatrist.
Your therapist will report to your doctor after the initial consultation and at the end of each block of treatment.
On funding for children with autism:
On funding for children eligible under Better Start:
If you make an appointment for your child, we recommend 2 appointments of 50min each for assessments and then a feedback session where the outcome of the assessments is discussed with the parents (preferably without the child).
If you make an appointment for yourself as an adult, please also make 2 appointments for assessments. A therapy plan for future appointments will be discussed during this time.
If you are unsure about the way we can help you, you are welcome to make one appointment to discuss your specific needs.
We value your time and your appointment is important to us. As missed appointments may inconvenice other patients, a cancellation fee of a normal consultation for missed appointments and appointments cancelled within 24 hours notice will apply. Please contact us at your earliest opportunity to avoid unnecessary charges.
Contact our Reception team on (07) 3249 5333
for further information.