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What is the Helping Children with Autism Package?

In 2006, the Australian Government committed $190 million to support families, and their children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. A further $30 million has been committed and the funding is now ongoing.

The funding is provided through the Department of Social Services (DSS), The Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA), and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and includes a number of initiatives outlined below.

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Aust Gov Logo $12,000 of early intervention therapy and services for children with ASD until their 7th birthday. This funding is called the Helping Children with Autism or “HCWA” funding. The Autism Advisor Team at Amaze assist families to access this funding .For information about how to apply for the funding, click here.
  Medicare items for assessment and treatment for children with ASD, to be written before the child’s 13th birthday. This is called the Helping Children with Autism Access to Treatment item, and is sometimes referred to by paediatricians as the Item 135. A total of 20 sessions can be used at the Medicare rebate for eligible services from therapists such as speech therapists, occupational therapists and psychologists. For a fact sheet on a number of Medicare benefits available, click here.
 Raising Children Network logo A national ASD website providing evidence-based information, online resources and other interactive functions to parents, carers and professionals.There is a useful Guide to Therapies and a parent forum section. Visit the Raising Children Network website.
 Playconnect logo PlayConnect Playgroups for families of children aged 0-6 with ASD and ASD-like symptoms. Open the PlayConnect playgroups listing.
 Early days logo Early Days workshops for parents and carers of children aged 0-6.Autism Victoria/Amaze coordinate the workshops in Victoria. Click here to learn about Early Days workshops in Victoria
 Positive partnerships workshops Positive Partnerships Workshops for parents and carers, and professional development for teachers and other school staff to support school students with ASD to achieve better educational outcomes. In addition to face-to-face workshops, there are a series of online modules available .For more information, visit the Positive Partnerships website
Margot Prior Wing Each state has an Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC) to provide an ASD-specific early learning program and long day care. The centre in Victoria is located at the Margot Prior Wing at La Trobe University, Bundoora.There are limited places available. Click here for a flyer.

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