Better Start provides access to funding for early intervention services. To access Better Start, children with an eligible diagnosis must register before they turn 6 years old. Families will have until their child turns 7 to access funding.
If you are considering a diagnosis for your child you may wish to discuss the Better Start approved formatted Letter of Diagnosis with your Paediatrician or GP. This Letter of Diagnosis needs to be completed and returned to the Better Start Program Co-ordinator for approval.
The thresholds that apply to these disabilities have been determined by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs in conjunction with advice provided by an Expert Reference Group.
Children are eligible for Better Start if diagnosed with one of the following disabilities: Angelman Syndrome; Blindness; Cerebral palsy; CHARGE; Cornelia de Lange; Cri du Chat; Deafblindness; Deafness; Down syndrome, including mosaic Down syndrome;Fragile X syndrome; Hearing impairment; Kabuki Syndrome; Microcephaly; Prader Willi Syndrome; Rett syndrome; Smith-Magenis; Vision impairment; Williams Syndrom
Moving Forwards Workshops
Options after Better Start – We are running free workshops for Better Start families outlining options for your child as they prepare for school and services after federal funding concludes due to the roll out of the NDIS. See below for your nearest workshop:
Lowood Moving Forward Workshop – 10 May 2016
Toowoomba Moving Forward Workshop – 11 May 2016
Redcliffe Moving Forward Workshop – 10 June 2016
Caboolture Moving Forward Workshop – 22 June 2016
The Better Start for Children with Disability brochure contains a program overview, eligibility thresholds and early intervention service information.
Better Start Booklet (1MB) is a registration and information services pack outlining the steps involved in registering for the program.
The Queensland Better Start team have compiled a list of websites that you may find to be useful: Useful Websites for parents 2015
Translated copies of the Better Start booklet are available below:
Better Start booklet (Dinka)
Better Start booklet (Arabic)
Better Start booklet (Chinese Simplified)
Better Start booklet (Chinese Traditional)
Better Start booklet (Croatian)
Better Start booklet (Greek)
Better Start booklet (Hindi)
Better Start booklet (Khmer)
Better Start booklet (Spanish)
Better Start booklet (Tagalog)
Better Start booklet (Vietnamese)
To find below the latest lists of the early intervention service providers in Queensland:
- Better Start Service Providers – updated 18 AUG 16
- Better Start Providers – National E Therapy Service Providers April 2015
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To talk to a Registration and Information Services Officer, you can either fill in the form or call us on 1800 242 636