The list for the Early Intervention Service Provider Panel is updated with new service providers weekly, as new applications to the panel are approved.
For inclusion on the HCWA Service Provider Panel, Providers must satisfy the following criteria:
- Deliver eligible evidence-based interventions or therapies
- Demonstrate how their service will be delivered through an individual service plan
- Demonstrate principles of good practice in early intervention;
- Demonstrate in detail how their service will demonstrate the elements of effective interventions for children with ASD and
- Provide details about the qualifications and experience of their practitioners in relation to ASD and working with CALD, Indigenous and rural, regional and remote communities.
A list of eligible and ineligible interventions is provided in the Early Interventions Table (from A review of the research to identify the most effective models of practice in early intervention of children with autism spectrum disorders by Prior, M., Roberts, J. M.A., Rodger, S., Williams, K.& Sutherland, R.(2011) - Executive Summary).
The document is not exhaustive and will be updated as additional information and research becomes available.
Providers must also demonstrate that these interventions are delivered by qualified and/or experienced staff including at least one or more allied health professionals from at least two of the following disciplines - speech pathology, occupational therapy and child psychology.
Any visits to the above mentioned allied health professionals that are claimed through Medicare as part of the Department of Health and AgeingLink to external website component of the Helping Children with Autism package are not eligible to be paid for on behalf of families.
The Australian Government is not responsible for setting the fees for early intervention services under the Helping Children with Autism package. If parents or carers have questions or concerns regarding early intervention services and the associated fees they should contact the relevant service provider in the first instance.
- Roberts, J. M. A. & Prior, M. (2006) A review of the research to identify the most effective models of practice in early intervention of children with autism spectrum disorders, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Australia.