The Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare benefit schedule (better access) initiative aims to improve outcomes for people with a clinically diagnosed mental disorder through evidence based treatment. Under this initiative, Medicare rebates are available to patients for selected mental health services provided by GPs, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, eligible Social Workers and Occupational therapists.
The Chronic Disease Management Care Plan is for patients who have a chronic condition and complex care needs.
Only a GP is able to determine whether a patient's chronic condition would benefit from allied health services and the needs for such services must be identified in the patient's care plan.
The Helping children with Autism care plan is for children with Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder or disability. This plan consists of 2 parts:
- Assessment and diagnosis and development of a treatment plan
- Treatment services
Summary of Medicare plans
Due to a recent review of Medicare's eligibility and processes specifically related to the Better access to mental health care, helping children with autism and the chronic disease plan (formally known as the enhanced primary care plan) it is important to note that allocation of Medicare plans and criteria for eligibility for plans is the responsibility of your GP or Paediatrician. Therefore all patient Medicare plans used at Chatterbox must be consistent with Medicare's guidelines and criteria.
Chatterbox Australia Therapy Services is a proud Provider of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS understands that everyone's needs, preferences and aspirations are different. They provide a range of personalised services and supports to help people with disability, their families and carers connect with their community and live an ordinary life.
If you are a person with disability and you meet the access requirements you can become a participant in the scheme.