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Autism Initiative

What is the Autism Initiative?

The Autism Initiative (Helping Children with Autism) is a funding scheme that has been allocated by the federal government for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) under the age of 13 years to access intervention services. It consists of a Medicare rebate for assessment and treatment of ASD & PDD through private allied health services, including speech pathology, occupational therapy, and psychology services.

Eligible children are entitled to a maximum of 4 rebates for allied health assessments and 20 rebates for therapy sessions. This rebate is available once only, and cannot be claimed again once used.

How do I access this funding?

If your child already has a diagnosis of ASD or PDD, your existing Paediatrician or Psychiatrist will be able to provide you with a referral to the allied health professional of your choice.

For more information, see the Department of Health and Ageing web site here.

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