Fun Lab Therapy is a private clinic and fees are applicable for all assessments and treatments. Many of our clients are eligible to use funding through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), or for rebates under Medicare programs such as the Better Access to Mental Health Plan, Chronic Disease Management Plan and Helping Children with Autism Plans, as well as private health insurance. We are also registered through the Department of Social Services (DSS) to provide services through Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) and Better Start Initiatives.

The NDIS regulates the price of therapy services for participants of the program. Fun Lab Therapy has aligned its fees in accordance with the 2018/2019 NDIS Price Guide.

Payment is due on the day of service. Our practice management software is integrated for direct billing from a bank account or credit card, or we have EFTPOS and HICAPS for your convenience.

Cancellation Policy:

Fun Lab Therapy understands that family life can be busy and at times sessions may need to be cancelled.We will send you a SMS and email the day before your appointment to remind you of your upcoming therapy session. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, we appreciate as much notice as possible in order to offer the appointment time to another family.

All cancellations must be received before 3pm the day before the service as to not incur a fee.
If a participant makes a short-notice cancellation, which is after 3pm the day before the service, the provider may charge up to 90% of the agreed price for the cancelled appointment.
Within the period of any Service Booking between a provider and participant, the total of cancelled appointments charged by the provider must not exceed six hours.

It is the responsibility of the participant or their nominee to contact the service provider to notify of any cancellations.

No fee is payable by the NDIA or the participant, for cancellation by a provider.
Cancellation fees cannot be paid with government funding, health insurance or Medicare rebates.

Fun Lab Therapy also respects your time and if we need to reschedule any appointments we will also endeavour to notify you by 3pm the day before the appointment.

Funding options:

Medicare
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Helping Children with Autism
Better Start Initiative

Medicare

Fun Lab Therapy are registered Medicare providers. There are a number of Occupational Therapy programs funded under Medicare:

Better Access to Mental Health

The Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) is a Medicare-rebated funding program for children who have mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, etc. It consists of 6 rebates per calendar year for Occupational Therapy and Psychology services. An extension of 4 further sessions can be applied for by your Occupational Therapist if needed. These sessions can be shared between Psychology and Occupational Therapy.

Your child may be eligible for this funding package if they have a mental health condition. Children may also be eligible if they have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum, ADD / ADHD, and if this condition is being managed by your GP or Mental Health Provider. Discuss a referral with your GP, Paediatrician or Mental Health Provider.

Chronic Disease Management Plan (Previously Enhanced Primary Care Plan)

The Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM) is a Medicare-rebated funding program for people who have chronic medical conditions, classified as a condition that has been present for a minimum of 6 months.

It consists of a maximum of 5 rebates per calendar year for Allied Health services, including Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Psychology. If you are accessing therapy from more than one allied health provider, you can share the 5 CDM sessions across your current therapists.

Helping Children with Autism Access to Diagnosis and Treatment

The Helping Children with Autism Medicare plan provides 4 appointments for private diagnosis when referred by a paediatrician or psychiatrist to a psychologist, speech pathologist or occupational therapist.

20 sessions are then available for intervention with allied health providers including psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, audiology and optometry. These plans can only be used once in a child’s life and must be written by their 13th birthday and used by their 15th birthday.

Medicare Rebated Fees:

Clinic Appointments:

Initial Assessment $283.35 90 minutes
Standard session $175.57 60 minutes
Travel $50.00 flat rate per session.

Fun Lab therapy offers home, school and community visits. Travel fees are charged for all offsite appointments.

National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has now rolled out in our area. The NDIS means exciting opportunities for people with disabilities as we move towards a new system that provides greater choice and control for service users.

The NDIS is an insurance scheme that funds the support people with disability, to do the things they want to do every day. The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary supports related to an individual’s functional impairment because of disability. Reasonable means ‘fair’ and necessary means ‘needed’. Support must result in outcomes for the person and will not usually replace other support that is working, such as that provided by family.
The NDIS does not cover all supports. Existing community services, such as the health and education systems, will continue to operate as usual. The NDIS does not fund daily living expenses, such as rent or board, food or utilities bills.

To be eligible for the NDIS in Victoria:

  • you must live where the NDIS is available
  • you must have a permanent disability, even if the amount of support you need changes
  • you need some support to do the things you want to do
  • you must be an Australian citizen or the law says you can stay in Australia as a citizen
  • you must be under 65 years old.

To check eligibility, use the NDIS Access Checklist online at:

http://www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-access-checklist

To contact the NDIS, please call 1800 800 110 or visit www.ndis.gov.au

NDIS Fees:

Initial Assessment $263.35 90 minutes
Standard session $175.57 60 minutes
Travel Individual prices may vary and are calculated per client.
Please talk to your Occupational Therapist about your individual travel rates.

Fun Lab therapy offers home, school and community visits. Travel fees are charged for all offsite appointments. The first 5km each way are included for NDIS travel.

Fun Lab therapy is a registered NDIS provider. (Provider Number 4050033417) Please contact us online or phone 0449 612 283 to make an appointment.

Helping Children with Autism (HCWA/FaHCSIA)

Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) is a funding scheme for young children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Children may be eligible to access this funding through Amaze if they are aged is between the ages of 0-6 years. Children must be approved for this funding prior to their 6th birthday and the funding can be accessed until the child’s 7th birthday.
The funding is up to $6000 per financial year (up to a total of $12,000) and is specifically for early intervention for the eligible child. You can use this funding only with registered health providers. Fun Lab Therapy are registered HCWA service providers for eligible children. Please contact us for an appointment or for more information.

Clinic Appointments

Initial Assessment $283.35 90 minutes
Standard session $175.57 60 minutes

Home, School and Kinder Appointments

Initial Assessment $333.35 90 minutes
Standard session $225.57 60 minutes

Better Start Initiative

Better Start is a funding scheme that allows children with developmental disabilities to access funding for early intervention services.
Eligible children diagnosed with Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, or a ‘moderate or greater’ Vision or Hearing impairment, Prader Willi syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, Kabuki Syndrome, Smith-Magenis syndrome, CHARGE Syndrome, Cornelia de Lange syndrome, Cri du Chat syndrome, Microcephaly or Rett’s Disorder will have access to funding and new Medicare items under the Better Start for Children with Disability initiative.
The initiative includes the following components:
Funding for early intervention services and treatments for eligible children under the age of six. Parents or carers of eligible children will need to register their child for the Better Start initiative before they turn six and used prior to the child’s 7th birthday, in order to access the early intervention funding.

Clinic Appointments

Initial Assessment $283.35 90 minutes
Standard session $175.57 60 minutes

Home, School and kinder Appointments

Initial Assessment $333.35 90 minutes
Standard session $225.57 60 minutes