NDIS Funding

The Connection Zone is a registered NDIS provider for the provision of Therapeutic Supports to people aged between 7 and 65 years. NDIS participants in this age group can access services if their funding is managed by the NDIA, by a Plan Manager or is Self Managed.

Parents of children (0 – 6 years of age) registered for ECEI funding can access services from The Connection Zone if their child’s NDIS funding is either Self-managed or Plan Managed.

Refer to the NDIS website for further explanations about your eligibility for funding and for updates about the changes to the scheme.


Medicare Rebates
Nerida Maclean is a registered Medicare provider for Speech Pathology services.

Medicare items:

  • See your GP, who will consider your child’s presentation and may decide to refer your child to a paediatrician or psychiatrist, and/or to other services.
  • The paediatrician or psychiatrist to whom your child is referred will:
  • assess your child’s condition, develop an accurate diagnosis, and create a treatment and management plan
  • possibly refer you to a number of allied health professionals during the assessment and planning process
  • invoice your child; Medicare will provide a rebate for this service
  • refer your child for treatment sessions with allied health professionals

These professionals may provide:

  • up to four assessment services in total per
  • child at the request of the diagnosing paediatrician or
  • psychiatrist; these must occur prior to the child’s 13th birthday
  • up to 20 treatment services in total per child; these services must be provided before the child’s 15th birthday

Up to 20 treatment sessions!

Are there any restrictions?

  • Only one treatment and management plan for autism/PDD will be rebated by Medicare for each child.
  • The plan must be in place before the child’s 13th birthday.
  • Allied health professionals must be registered with Medicare Australia and be working within a private practice.

Chronic Disease Management Plan
Am I Eligible?
Your child must…

  • be an Australian Citizen
  • be enrolled under Medicare Australia
  • have a chronic disease or complex care needs being managed by a GP

What does this entitle me to receive?

  • Your GP will nominate the number of sessions your child will receive.
  • You may receive up to five (5) sessions per calendar year.
  • The five sessions may cover one type of service (e.g. speech pathology) or a combination of different types of services including Speech Pathologist.
  • You remain eligible for rebates while your child is being managed
    under this plan and the need for eligible services continues to be
  • You will receive a rebate per session, claimed through Medicare and the amount will vary depending on your family Safety Net.

How do I access this?
Talk to your GP as they will arrange your referral

Are there any restrictions?

  • Under this plan, speech therapy sessions must be delivered to the individual child in person and be at least 20 minutes long.
  • Private health insurance benefits may not be used in conjunction with the Medicare rebate.
  • The speech pathologist must be registered with Medicare.Where can I go if I need further information?
  • Talk to your local GP.
  • Call Medicare Australia on 132 150 for enquiries.
  • Visit the Medicare website at www.medicareaustralia.gov.au for more information.

Private Health Insurance
Families may also claim for Speech Pathology Services using their Private Health Insurance

Where can I go if I need further information?

The Raising Children Network (RCN) ASD website resources:
Visit raisingchildren.net.au to find information, online resources and interactive functions to support parents, families, carers and professionals.

How to Pay
By Cash or cheque
By Internet Transfer

Via the NDIS Portal

Please speak to our Admin Assistant if you have any questions regarding fees or payments.

Published January 2021