I need help to look after my child’s needs

I need help to look after my child’s needs  - Respite Care

Who

What do they do

How

Wyndham City Respite

In home respite care is for the care of the child or young adult with a
disability (and up to four siblings) while the carer goes out or stays at home.
The service can also provide for the care of up to five siblings while the
parent takes the child or young person with a disability to an appointment.

For more information contact Wyndham City Council - 9742 0777

Respite North &
West

Disability information and respite services in Melbourne’s North and
West

Refer to the Respite North & West website

Carers Victoria

 Support family carers

Refer to the Carers Victoria website

Baptcare

Respite and other services including: 
Activity Groups, case management, support for children and families,
Kinship Care & Foster Care

Refer to the Baptcare website

Enquiries and referrals should be directed to Baptcare’s Disability Intake Worker on (03) 9373 3800 or email vicfamilycommunityservices@baptcare.org.au

CareConnect

Provide supports to families who have a child
with disability, on the autism spectrum, have an acquired brain injury, have a
mental health issue, experience incontinence and require carer support.

Refer to the CareConnect website


Financial / Funding support

Department of Human Services provide a range of payments and services to help you look after your children's education and health care, and any family issues that may come up along the way
http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/subjects/payments-for-families

Flexible Support Packages
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/parents/needs/Pages/flexiblesupportpackages.aspx 

HOW TO GET MEDICARE REBATES FOR SEEING THERAPISTS

CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT PLAN

Children with chronic conditions, such as developmental delays that need ongoing care from allied health professionals (or therapists) are eligible for Medicare rebates under the Chronic Disease Management Plan.  

A rebate of $52.95 is available per session for a maximum of 5 allied health therapy sessions per calendar year. This is reviewed in February and November each year.  

Allied health professionals include: occupational therapists, speech pathologists, physiotherapists, psychologists, dieticians, audiologists, chiropractors etc.  

The 5 sessions can be used for a single type of therapy or split across different therapies.

MENTAL HEALTH PLAN

In addition to the above, a Mental Health Plan for 10 allied mental health services (per calendar year) is available under the Better Access Initiative.

Medicare rebates are available and will vary depending on the length and type of service.

HOW DO I GET THIS?
You need to visit your GP and ask the Doctor to complete a Chronic Disease Management Plan/Mental Health Plan for the required therapy/needs of your child. You may need to book an extended consultation.  

Ensure your GP is aware that your child has ongoing difficulties in whichever area(s) you are seeking help, otherwise they may not think your child is eligible.

Your GP will then complete the required paperwork, which includes the referral to the required allied health professional. You can request a particular allied health professional if you have found one you want to use.


WHAT HAPPENS THEN?
Contact the allied health professional/therapist to make an appointment and say you will be using a Chronic Disease Management Plan/Mental Health Plan.  

When you go for your first appointment with the therapist, take the referral form from the GP with you.  

When you pay for the service you must receive a receipt which includes the therapist’s name and provider number as well as the details of the referring GP.  

You can then submit this to Medicare to receive the rebate.