Better Start is a federal government program that is committed to providing improved support for children aged under six years who have been diagnosed with one of the following disabilities:
- Angelman syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- CHARGE syndrome
- Cornelia de Lange syndrome
- Cri du Chat syndrome
- Down syndrome
- Fragile X syndrome
- Kabuki syndrome
- Moderate or greater vision or hearing impairments, including deafblindness
- Prader Willi syndrome
- Rett’s disorder
- Smith-Magenis syndrome
- Williams syndrome
Better Start Funding used to be implemented through the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and is still sometimes referred to as FaHCSIA Funding. It is in fact now administered under the Department of Social Service (DSS).
The Better Start funding package is for $6,000 per financial year and $12,000 overall. You have until your child turns seven to use your Better Start funding.
You can use the funding to pay for a wide range of early intervention services and therapies, such as speech pathology, audiology, occupational therapy, orthoptics, physiotherapy or psychology.
Better Start funding can only be used through professionals who are members of the Better Start Early Intervention Service Provider Panel, of which Kalparrin is a member.
You can also use up to 35% of your child’s Better Start funding to buy resources that your child’s Better Start service provider has recommended. This means you can spend up to $2100 on resources in any one financial year, up to $4200 in total.
The only thing to note is that the resources you buy must be directly linked with the early intervention service, or be able to help you or your child’s other carers do the interventions at home.
Kalparrin is a registered Better Start service provider and has highly qualified professional staff (Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Speech Pathologists) currently providing the following Better Start services:
Better Start funding will assist with Kalparrin services such as:
- Speech Therapy
- Audiology assessments
- Occupational Therapy
- Structured Behavioural Modification Programs and outcome monitoring
- Relationship Development Intervention and outcome monitoring
- Working with families to develop skills in working with their children
- Counselling for family members to help cope with challenging parenting
- Stress management skills
If you already have access to Better Start funding, Kalparrin staff would be happy to advise of the full range of Better Start eligible programs we offer and assist you to decide which of our programs may best meet the needs of your child.
For a detailed breakdown on Better Start funding prepared by Kalparrin for your convenience, please click on the following link: Better Start Funding in Detail
PLEASE NOTE: As the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolled out across Australia, children supported through Better Start will transition to the NDIS.