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Better Start Funding -Quick overview of entitlement:

Who is eligible to receive support under Better Start?

Eligible children who are aged under six years and have been diagnosed with:

  • Down syndrome
  • cerebral palsy
  • Fragile X syndrome, or
  • a moderate or greater vision or hearing impairment, including deafblindness.

From 1 January 2013, Better Start has been expanded to include children  diagnosed with:

  • Prader Willi syndrome
  • Williams syndrome
  • Angelman syndrome
  • Kabuki syndrome
  • Smith-Magenis syndrome
  • CHARGE syndrome
  • Cornelia de Lange syndrome
  • ‘Cri du Chat syndrome or
  • microcephaly.

Children in this  group who are under six (or turn six) on  1 January 2013 are eligible to register for Better Start.

Children with one of the listed disabilities are also able to access Medicare rebates  under Better Start .