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Can I use my Better Start funding at SmallTalk?

Yes! SmallTalk Speech & Language Therapy is a registered service provider for the ‘Better Start – Helping Children with Disability’ funding program through FaHCSIA.

Who is eligible for Better Start?

The Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start) initiative includes up to $12,000 in funding for early intervention services and treatments for eligible children. Eligible children are those who are aged under 6 years and who have been diagnosed with one of the following:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Vision Impairment
  • Prada Willi Syndrome
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Williams Syndrome
  • Kabuki Syndrome
  • CHARGE Syndrome
  • Cri du Chat Syndrome
  • Smith-Magenis Syndrome
  • Cornelia de Lange Syndrome
  • Microcephaly

The funding can be used to pay for early intervention services provided by a range of early intervention professionals who are members of the Better Start Early Intervention Service Provider Panel. The professionals on the panel include speech pathologists, audiologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, and orthoptists.

Eligible children must be registered before their sixth birthday and families will have until their child turns 7 to use the early intervention funding. Registration of eligible children is managed by the Registration and Information Service (RIS), which is operated by Carers Australia.

To register a child for the Better Start early intervention funding parents and carers must call the RIS on 1800 242 636.

Further information can be found on the FaHCSIA web site here.

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