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At Parent Connect Queensland we aim to provide our services at minimal to no cost to you and your family. Some of the programs we provide do however come with an enrollment fee that can be covered by your health insurer or NDIS. 

For information on program costs or if you just want to talk to us about what funding is available to you and your family, please leave us an enquiry below. 

Funding Available

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

What is NDIS and NDIA?

The NDIS stands for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. It is a way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers, which puts you in the driving seat. The NDIA stands for the National Disability Insurance Agency and is the organisation that implements the NDIS, ensuring people with disability get the support they need.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing individualised support for eligible people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. The National Disability Insurance Scheme is the insurance that gives us all peace of mind. Disability could affect anyone - having the right support makes a big difference. Parent Connect and Cootharinga North Queensland has been successfully involved in providing services and supports under the NDIS since its initial roll-out to Townsville in 2016. This has allowed us to confidently assist eligible recipient’s access and transition to the NDIS throughout North Queensland during this roll-out period and continue to strongly provide to your NDIS plan and goals now that it has been fully implemented throughout Queensland. Follow the link to check your eligibility: https://www.ndis.gov.au/applying-access-ndis/am-i-eligible

Medicare

Care Plans

Available from your General Practitioner (GP) or Specialist

The Chronic Condition Management (CCM)

Medicare items on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) enable GPs to plan and coordinate the health care of patients with chronic or terminal medical conditions, including patients with these conditions who require multidisciplinary, team-based care from a GP and at least two other health or care providers. 

A chronic medical condition is one that has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or longer, for example, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and stroke. There is no list of eligible conditions; however, the CDM items are designed for patients who require a structured approach, including those requiring ongoing care from a multidisciplinary team.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme includes details of the medicines subsidised by the Australian Government as well as information for consumers, carers, health professionals and the pharmaceutical industry.

 

Other Medicare Options

 Helping Children with Autism (HCWA)

There are Medicare rebates for up to 20 visits with health care professionals such as psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, audiologists, optometrists, orthoptists or physiotherapists.  Services need to be referred by eithera General Practitioner, Paediatrician or Psychiatrist under one of the following plans: 

Better Start

Better Start for Children with Disability initiative commenced on 1 July 2011, and created new items in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) for the early diagnosis and treatment of children with an eligible disability. Rett’s disorder was included as an eligible condition.

To discuss other Medicare and options that might be available to you, or if you require assistance in completing your Medicare forms, contact us. We are here to help!

Centrelink

Carer payment

An income support payment if you give constant care to someone who has a severe disability, illness, or an adult who is frail and aged.

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/carer-payment

Care Allowance

A fortnightly supplement if you give additional daily care to someone who has a disability, serious illness, or is frail aged.

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/carer-allowance

Carers Qld Business Discount Card 

Provides access to discounts and great value deals Join for $10 & save! Want to know more? Call us on 1800 242 636. Disounts are provided on a variety of different businesses.

http://carersqld.asn.au/get-involved/the-care-program

 

Disability Support Pension aged 16 years and over and under pension age

 

There are many more options available  depending on your  circumstances

 

Please contact Parent Connect for further information about what is available for you

Other Funding Options

No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS)

Caring for a family member or friend sometimes involves unexpected costs, which can take a toll on your finances, especially if you are on a low income.  There are No Interest Loans Schemes available.

 

Fair Play voucher

Parents, carers or guardians can apply for a voucher valued up to $150 for their child, which can be used to go towards sport and active recreation membership or registration.

 

Saver Plus

A free 10 month program that provides financial education to help build essential skills for managing money.  Upon completion of the program, ANZ will match your savings, up to $500 which can be used to put towards education costs for you or your child.

 

Please contact Parent Connect for further information on these funding options.

Funding Availablility

Please provide us with further information such as how many children, ages and any additional requirements, to assist us in providing further information

Contact

1800 COOTHARINGA
(1800 266 842)

Operating Hours

8am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday

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