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Providing occupational therapy (OT) for children, teens and families on the Mornington Peninsula.

Referrals and Funding

Barefoot Therapists is a registered NDIS, Medicare and Department of Social Services (DSS) provider. You do not need a referral to see our therapists unless you are requiring Medicare rebates. Please contact us for further information regarding fees or to book appointments.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Individuals are assessed for eligibility and funding amounts - please contact NDIS for more information regarding your personal situation.


You must have a current referral to be eligible for Medicare rebates. Referrals can be made by Paediatricians, GPs and Psychiatrists for Medicare sessions (see below for information). Options for Medicare rebate packages include the following:

  • Better Access to Mental Health Sessions
    We can provide services under the mental health care plan, delivered by a senior OT. For more information please refer to the link below:

  • Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM)
    Alternatively known as an enhanced primary care plan (EPC), this referral offers a rebate for 5 visits per calendar year. Services can be delivered by any OT, SP or Child Psychologist. Referrals can be provided by your GP.

  • Helping children with Autism programs:
    Rebates for 20 shared sessions
    (medicare item 135): Eligible children are entitled to one plan for use until the age of 13. This can be used with any OT, SP and Child Psychologist. Referral can be provided by your Paediatrician.
    Rebates for 4 clinical assessment sessions: to assist with the assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). These services can be provided by a SP and/or Child Psychologist.

For more information regarding all the medicare rebate options please refer the fact sheet provided by the organisation Amaze:


Helping Children with Autism / Better Start (DSS)

This provides funding for children up to the age of 7. Services can be delivered by an OT, SP and Child Psychologist. For more information please refer the link below:

Private health insurance

Some funds include OT, SP and Psychology. Please check with your health insurance provider to see if you are covered. HICAPS is available for claiming in our Barefoot Therapy Centre, Main Ridge.



To talk to someone in our team or to book an appointment for any of our clinic or community based programs click here or call (03) 59811120.