Friday, September 23, 2011


Early Intervention Service Providers

The list for the Early Intervention Service Provider Panel is updated with new service providers weekly, as new applications to the panel are approved.
The following interventions, as defined by Roberts and Prior (2006)1, are eligible to be paid for on behalf of families within the context of the Helping Children with Autism package:
  • Behavioural Interventions - application of learning theory and skill development;
  • Developmental and social learning interventions - building relationships and development of social emotional capacities;
  • Therapy based interventions - communication and social development or sensory motor development; and
  • Familybased interventions - working with families to develop skills in working with their children.

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 Ageing 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.
  1. 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.

Related information
Applications for Early Intervention Service Provider Panel

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