Pathways to assessment and intervention
Under the Australian Government’s Helping Children with Autism package, Medicare rebates have been introduced for the assessment of children who may have an ASD and for treatment once diagnosed with an ASD. These rebates are for services provided by eligible psychologists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists on referral from a paediatrician or child psychiatrist. A typical pathway to access these services is shown below.
You can also download a PDF version of the flowchart here.
There is also funding available for early intervention services through the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).
Other pathways to access services for children with an ASD also exist, including from specialist services such as child development units, other Federal and State Government funded services, and nongovernment funded services. For more information on other services contact the autism association in your state (see list of associations on the right hand side of your screen).