Your family may be eligible for the following financial assistance:
The NDIS is the new way of funding disability services and supports in Australia. It provides individual support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. The NDIS aims to provide people with a disability with choice, control and flexibility in the management of their program of services and supports.
Assistance from the NDIS is not means tested and does not impact on income support such as the disability support pension or carers allowance.
The Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start) initiative includes:
Children with an eligible diagnosis can access the Medicare items at any time up to the age of 15, provided the new treatment and management plan is in place before the child turns 13.
Medicare items have been introduced for:
Carer Allowance (child) is a supplementary payment for parents or carers who provide daily care and attention for children with a disability or severe medical condition at home. For the purposes of the Carers Allowance (Child), a young person under the age of 16 with a "45 decibels or more hearing loss in the better ear, based on a 4 frequency pure tone average (using 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 4,000Hz)", is automatically considered to be a child with a disability. As a result, their parent or carer will receive the allowance without need for further medical assessment until the child turns 16 years of age. There is no income or assets test.
If you receive a Carers Allowance (Child), your child becomes an excepted person under Australian Tax Office rulings, which may entitle you to some tax benefits. For further information consult the Australian Tax Office and/or your accountant.
Carer payment (child) is an income support payment for people who cannot support themselves through participation in the workforce while caring for a child with a profound disability who has extremely high care needs.
The Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Medicare items on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) enable GPs to plan and coordinate the health care of patients with chronic medical conditions, including patients with conditions who require multidisciplinary, team-based care from a GP and at least two other health or care providers.
Whether a patient is eligible for CDM services is a clinical judgement for the GP, taking into account the patient's medical condition and care needs, as well as the general guidance set out in the MBS.
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