New Medicare items are available from 1 July 2008 for the diagnosis and early intervention treatment of children with autism or any other pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). These items apply to services provided by eligible psychologists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists, on referral from a consultant psychiatrist or paediatrican. The Medicare items cover two specific types of services - assessment services and treatment services.
In addition to services provided under Medicare, the Helping Children with Autism initiative offers a range of other services to support children eligible for services under this package. Information on these services can be found here.