Most people with incontinence use continence products such as pads, catheters or bedding protection to manage their condition. Some people require these products on a long term basis, which can become very expensive, and put unreasonable pressure on the household budget.
The Australian Government and State and Territory Governments offer a range of continence subsidy schemes to help offset some of these costs. These schemes have differing eligibility criteria and funding allocations, which means that you may be able to apply for funding through several schemes if you are eligible.
Details of these subsidy schemes can be found on this section of the website, by downloading the funding schemes for continence products fact sheet, or by contacting a continence nurse advisor on the National Continence Helpline on 1800 33 00 66. The Helpline can also provide you product information and the details of local and national continence product suppliers.
The Continence Foundation recommends an assessment by a continence health professional to ensure that you or the person you are caring for uses the most appropriate continence product, including the correct fit and application of the product. To find out the details of your local continence health professional contact the National Continence Helpline. PUT IN A DIFF SECTION
Australian Government funded schemes are open to all Australian citizens providing they meet the eligibility criteria.
The three key national Schemes are:
THE NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME (NDIS)
Providing support for those with a permanent and significant disabilities the The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is designed to provide greater flexibility and choice to the individual in accessing the supports they need to live a normal everyday life. It also supports them in helping build skills and capabilities so they can participate in the community and employment. Pr
The NDIS helps people with disability to:
Access mainstream services and supports
Access community services and supports
Maintain informal support arrangements
Receive reasonable and necessary funded supports
Expected to provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability the NDIS is administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
If you are elibible for the NDIS, th NDIA will meet with you and together you cand develop a NDIS plan. This will identify what supports you need and allocate funds based on your need.
You can take family and/or your carer to these meetings if you wish.
Carers are also able to speak with the NDIA directly about the care they provide and the person they care fors individual requirments.
Initially trialled in a number of sites around Australia from July 2013, it has since July 2016 been introduced in stages around Austrlaia over a three year period.
To find out if you are eligible and if or when it is available in your area vist the NDIS website... or contact them on....
Phone the NDIS on 1800 800 110
8am to 11pm local times, Monday to Fridaywww.ndis.gov.au
CONTINENCE AIDS PAYMENT SCHEME (CAPS)
The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) is an Australian Government Scheme that provides a payment to eligible people to assist with some of the costs of their continence products. If you have permanent and severe incontinence and you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident 5 years of age or older you may be eligible for CAPS.
The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) is an Australian Government scheme that provides a payment to assist eligible people who have permanent and severe incontinence to meet some of the cost of their continence products.
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS
REHABILITATION APPLIANCES PROGRAM (RAP)
The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) provides a range of continence products to eligible members of the veteran community through the Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP). If the applicant is an entitled veteran or war widow(er), support can be accessed if they:
- hold a Gold Card (eligible for treatment of all conditions whether or not they are related to war services)
- hold a White Card and the incontinence is a result of a specific accepted disability (to determine eligibility contact the Rehabilitation Appliances Program at DVA)
- have been assessed by a health professional as requiring products for incontinence, or
- products are provided as part of the overall health care management.
Gold and White Card holders are not eligible if they are residents receiving high level aged care. A form requesting the continence products needs to be filled out by the assessing doctor or health professional. It is then sent to an authorised product supplier on behalf of the client.
For all enquires in regards to continence products and supply arrangements please contact the South Australian State Office: National Continence Contract Team
Department of Veterans' Affairs
GPO Box 1652
(199 Grenfell St)
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: 1300 131 945
STATE & TERRITORY SCHEMES
VICTORIADepartment of Human Services - Disability Services
- Individual Support Packages
- Disability Continence Support Service
The Department of Health and Human Services operates the Community Equipment Scheme (CES).
Northern Community Equipment Scheme - LauncestonPhone: 6336 5036 Southern Community Equipment Scheme - Hobart Phone: 6166 7226 North West Community Equipment Scheme -Latrobe Phone: 6426 2429
NEW SOUTH WALESENABLE NSW
www.enable.health.nsw.gov.au phone 1800 362 253
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORYACT Equipment Scheme www.assistance.act.gov.au Phone: 13 22 81
Queensland Health - Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme (Mass)
(07) 3136 3636 or 1300 443 570
SOUTH AUSTRALIADepartment for Families & Communities Equipment Program (formerly known as Independent Living Equipment Program)
Phone: 1300 885 886
Novita - Children's Services
1300 668 482
Northern Territory Governement - Disibility Equipment Program (DEP)
Phone 1800 800 110
Concessions WA - Continence Management and Support Scheme (CMASS)
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State and Territory schemes
Australian States and Territories operate a range of continence aids funding schemes. The type of product and the amount available may differ depending on which state you live in.
State and Territory schemes provide a range of equipment to people living in the community who have a permanent or long-term disability. The actual name of the scheme may differ between States, and some State-based schemes may provide disposable products such as pads, while others may not. There may also be a waiting list to access a scheme. However, all clients require clinical assessment by a health professional.
To find out what financial assistance may be available, contact the National Continence Helpline freecall 1800 33 00 66 or the agency administering the scheme in your State or Territory (see table below).
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