What is the Better Start program?

The Better Start program is an Australian government initiative, funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS), which supports children with disability to improve access to early intervention services to better prepare them for the transition to school.

The Better Star program supports children and their families who have a diagnosis of;

  • Angelman syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • CHARGE syndrome
  • Cornelia de Lange syndrome
  • Cri du Chat syndrome
  • Deaf-blindness
  • Down syndrome
  • Fragile X
  • Kabuki syndrome
  • Microcephaly
  • Moderate or greater vision or hearing impairment
  • Prader Willi syndrome
  • Rett's Disorder
  • Smith-Magenis syndrome
  • Williams syndrome

Children who are eligible for the program can access funding of up to $12,000 (maximum of $6,000 per financial year) for a range of early intervention services, including;

  • Audiologists
  • Equipment / resources*
  • Occupational therapists
  • Optometrists
  • Orthoptists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Speech pathologists
  • Teachers of the deaf
  • Teachers of the vision impaired

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