NDIS and MEDICARE
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Australia's NDIS helps people with a permanent disability (who are under 65 and have support) access services that boost their independence, wellbeing and employment. Along with enriching people's everyday lives, NDIS offers family members and carers information and guidance for further community support. Rainbow Muse is an NDIS Registered Provider in the State of Victoria.
Registration groups available through Rainbow Muse are: Therapeutic Supports (Capacity Building: Improved Daily Living). This is available for both art therapy and psychology services. And Innovative Community Participation (Core Supports: Assistance to access community, social and recreational activities)
Therapeutic supports help people gain skills and improve independence in areas such as language and communication, personal care, interpersonal interactions and community living. This supports positive changes in the person's functioning, development and well-being.
Rainbow Muse supports people to build capacity and to achieve their goals in informed, safe and empowering environments. Work can happen individually or within a group. Community inclusion, physical aspects, and daily living skills can also be included.
Under the NDIS there would be NO gap payment (you would not be out of pocket at all). This comes out of your NDIS funding for each individual session you participate in at the end of each month. All NDIS services are charged in line with the NDIS Price Guide.
Participants under this scheme are encouraged to choose the number of sessions, we see participants for as few as 4 and as many as 30 sessions depending on their NDIS allocation for Therapeutic Supports and how much of it they wish to use working with us. A Service Agreement can be created once the participant knows how many sessions and how often they would like them.
We accept different methods of payments for the supports:
If you are Self Managing your funds, then you can pay the invoices directly on the day of your visit or be invoiced
If you have a Plan Nominee/ Management Provider help to manage your NDIS funding for you, then they would pay the invoices to Rainbow Muse.
If you are Managed by NDIA: whereby the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) manages your funding, then the NDIA pays the invoices.
Better Access: Medicare Funded Services
Medicare rebates are available for Rainbow Muse Clinics Psychological Services under Australian Government's Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative. This scheme provides assistance to people by subsiding the fee and making mental health care providing more affordable for everyone.
Under this scheme individuals diagnosed with a mental health disorder can access up to 10 individual and 10 group treatment sessions per year. Extra support is available until 30 June 2022 for people who have a mental health treatment plan in place. People experiencing severe or enduring mental health impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic can access an extra 10 sessions.
To access mental health treatment under Medicare you must be referred by your GP, a psychiatrist or a paediatrician. If a GP is the referring practitioner he or she will need to prepare a Mental Health Treatment Plan before referring you to a psychologist. You should book a longer session with your GP to enable time for this.
Under the Medicare there is a gap fee. The rebate is $88.25 for General Psychology and $129.55 for Clinical Psychology. The full amount is required to be paid and receipts can be used to claim back the difference.
All services can also be paid for privately (out of pocket). Rainbow Muse also works with clients with funding from Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) This funding can be accessed for art therapy and psychology.