Helping Children with Autism Care Plan

What is it?

The Helping children with Autism care plan is for children with Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder or disability. This plan consists of 2 parts:

  1. Assessment and diagnosis and development of a treatment plan
  2. Treatment services

Who is eligible?

  1. Assessment and diagnosis and development of a treatment plan:
    Children aged under 13 years where the child is referred by an eligible consultant Psychiatrist or Paediatrician for Autism/PDD or by a specialist, consultant physician or General Practitioner for disability
  2. Treatment services:
    Children aged under 15 years, where the child was aged under 13 years at the time of receiving an Autism/PDD or disability management and treatment plan.

How can I access these services?

Assessment and diagnosis and development of a treatment plan

Medicare rebates are available for up to 4 items to assist with assessment and diagnosis and development of a treatment plan in total per eligible child. It is the responsibility of the referring practitioner to allocate these services and to refer the child to appropriate allied health professionals.

Treatment services

Medicare rebates are available for up 20 allied health treatment services in total per eligible child. It is the responsibility of the referring practitioner to allocate these services and to refer the child to appropriate allied health professionals.

Patients will require a separate referral for each allied health professional they receive services from and will also need new referrals for each new course of treatment provided to them.

For the purpose of these services a course of treatment will consist of the number of services stated on the child's referral up to a maximum of 10.

*This information has been taken from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Medicare benefits schedule allied health services and better access to mental health care fact sheet. Last updated July 1st, 2012.