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Good Morning all,

Well after about 4 years of specialist appts, my son has just been diagnosed with ADHD. We now have a plan of action of helping him, medication I am unsure if I will go with at this stage.

We need to see a psychologist and get an OT to help him in school, he is in a mainstream class at the moment but gets lots of additional help (private school).

I have been told that I could apply for some medical disorder plan?? thing through the hospital and the paedatrician told me I might also want to consider applying for the Carer's Allowance.

So I have read up a bit on it now but wondered, what forms do i need to apply for this payment from centrelink? Do I need to have seen the dr and have him on this program thing first? or is the document diagnosing him from the paedatrician enough??

School is back next week and i am unsure of where to start, which appt comes first? If I do get this payment that will help a lot, he needs speech therapy too but due to his ADHD we have not pursued it yet as his concentration levels are so low that he will not get the benefits. This money will go towards all these appts!!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! thanks

Good Morning all,

Well after about 4 years of specialist appts, my son has just been diagnosed with ADHD. We now have a plan of action of helping him, medication I am unsure if I will go with at this stage.

We need to see a psychologist and get an OT to help him in school, he is in a mainstream class at the moment but gets lots of additional help (private school).

I have been told that I could apply for some medical disorder plan?? thing through the hospital and the paedatrician told me I might also want to consider applying for the Carer's Allowance.

So I have read up a bit on it now but wondered, what forms do i need to apply for this payment from centrelink? Do I need to have seen the dr and have him on this program thing first? or is the document diagnosing him from the paedatrician enough??

School is back next week and i am unsure of where to start, which appt comes first? If I do get this payment that will help a lot, he needs speech therapy too but due to his ADHD we have not pursued it yet as his concentration levels are so low that he will not get the benefits. This money will go towards all these appts!!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! thanks

One payment is means tested (i dont know anything about that one) and one isn't...
If you ring centerlink they will send you the appropriate forms...There is one form/booklet in particular the gp will have to fill out and I know sometimes they also send you like a medical questionair that you, the carer needs to fill out too. If you are entitled to it they can back pay you if nec. up to 13 weeks. I think its about $1oo a f/n...
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Hi Simone

I think you are talking about the allied health care plan. I believe it actually has been renamed in the last few months ... but this is what it was called

We were advised to get DS2 on one after he was diagnosed with ADD. I went to my GP and asked about it and he did it for us. It has to be multidisciplinary so my son gets a certain number of speech and OT sessions covered by medicare each year (but it can include physio, psychology etc ... so it is really specific to what the child needs most)

My DS sees a speech therapist once a fortnight and an OT once a month. The sessions are making the WORLD of difference for him. At $70/session though getting your DS on this plan really is worthwhile to help alleviate the cost. We also have top PHC Extra's cover too as you only get around 5-10 free sessions a year (depending on the severity of the condition) the rest you will need to pay for.

It is available to children with DIAGNOSED learning and behavioural disorders including Aspergers, ADD, ADHD etc, and is a great initiative to get these kids into early intervention programs to get them the therapies that will help them.

Not sure about the carer's allowance sorry?

Good Luck

Hi Simone

I think you are talking about the allied health care plan. I believe it actually has been renamed in the last few months ... but this is what it was called

We were advised to get DS2 on one after he was diagnosed with ADD. I went to my GP and asked about it and he did it for us. It has to be multidisciplinary so my son gets a certain number of speech and OT sessions covered by medicare each year (but it can include physio, psychology etc ... so it is really specific to what the child needs most)

My DS sees a speech therapist once a fortnight and an OT once a month. The sessions are making the WORLD of difference for him. At $70/session though getting your DS on this plan really is worthwhile to help alleviate the cost. We also have top PHC Extra's cover too as you only get around 5-10 free sessions a year (depending on the severity of the condition) the rest you will need to pay for.

It is available to children with DIAGNOSED learning and behavioural disorders including Aspergers, ADD, ADHD etc, and is a great initiative to get these kids into early intervention programs to get them the therapies that will help them.

Not sure about the carer's allowance sorry?

Good Luck


Thanks heaps for your reply.. this has helped a lot. He has seen an OT before but through a public health agency that only offered free consultations until our child was 6. We are looking into another one that comes to the school and works with your child at school.. they also specifically work with ADD/ADHD children.

Now you have given me the name of the health thing, I know what to ask for. LOL the dr might have thought I had lost my mind otherwise grin
I had to go to Centrelink to lodge some unrelated forms today and I actually asked about the carer's payment for ADD/ADHD today as I was curious.

The lady said that in some situations that yes a carer's allowance is given for looking after children diagnosed with ADHD/ADD. She printed off the application forms etc. You need them filled out by your child's GP or paed.

Basically you need to be able to show your child requires a lot of your attention and time, and this impedes your ability to earn money in the workforce. It is $110/fn and is not means tested
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