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Subsidies & Equipment

CFWA Subsidies

*Please note: Subsidies are available to CFWA members and are regularly reviewed and reliant on ongoing funding.

If you require assistance with a subsidy claim, please contact Paula on paula.wallace@cfwa.org.au.

Hospital Parking Subsidy Update:

Hospital parking has recently become a stressful issue for many parents and adults, partly due to the recent rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine at PCH and a new “Kids Bridge” from PCH to Kings Park. It is anticipated that parking will be resolved in the coming months, however, as an interim measure, CFWA are able to provide increased financial assistance up to $50 for metro members to help cover travel and parking. The travel subsidy will be based on the distance you need to travel to and from your clinic appointment or hospital admission at the QEII Campus. Regional and outer metro travel subsidies will remain the same.

Please provide a parking receipt, taxi receipt or proof of travel using a ride sharing service to receive your reimbursement.

  • Click here to apply for the Adult Travel Parking Subsidy
  • Click here to apply for the Family Travel Parking Subsidy

If you do drive to hospital and find there is no parking, contingencies are being implemented to assist in freeing up parking bays on campus. Wilson Parking are available to advise on bay locations on a day-to-day basis and redirect as necessary.

Alternative options are available if the QEII car parks are full:

  • Rosalie Park: Onslow Road or Derby Road, both walking distance to site
  • Adjacent legal parking in Monash Avenue and nearby alternative facility car parking
  • Taxi or other ride sharing service

More useful information:

CFWA Adult Support Subsidy (16+ years)

Our new CF Adult Support Subsidy for 2021 allows you to access up to $50 per month (this can be claimed quarterly or as one lump sum). It incorporates an expanded reimbursement program to assist adults to meet their core CF needs and improve equity and access to:

  • CF related pharmaceuticals
  • Mental health gap funding (See Mental Health Care Plan & Rebates for more information)
  • PT/gym memberships/physical activity
  • Gym or exercise equipment (unfortunately we cannot cover sporting apparel)

In addition to this, we can also assist with essential travel and parking for hospital and clinic appointments between $25-100, depending on location.

Please note, other than the travel parking subsidy these are reimbursement subsidies, so you will need to provide a tax receipt that shows the ABN and full payment details. This receipt must be uploaded onto our online subsidy application form here.

CFWA Family Support Subsidies

Sport & Equipment

If your child with CF is under 16 years you can claim a reimbursement towards community sports/physical activity OR physio/exercise equipment (unfortunately we cannot cover sporting apparel). You can apply for up to $300 per year or $150 if you are eligible for Kidsport.

Hospital Travel & Parking

We can also assist with essential travel and parking for hospital and clinic appointments between $25-$150 per visit, supported by Telethon.

NEW Mental Health Gap Funding for Parents

Parents and carers who are accessing counselling and have a mental health care plan can receive up to $50 per session to assist with any excess fees not covered by Medicare. For further information about the mental health care plan and the Medicare rebate, see our Mental Health Care Plan & Rebates factsheet.

Please note, other than the travel parking subsidy these are reimbursement subsidies, so you will need to provide a tax receipt that shows the ABN and full payment details. This receipt must be uploaded onto our online subsidy application form here.

CFWA Equipment

CFWA has a small range of equipment available for members. Equipment varies at any given time, as it is dependent on grant funding. Equipment is issued in consultation with Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH), Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) and Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) where appropriate.

If you would like more information please contact our physiotherapist via email (physio@cfwa.org.au) or phone 08 6224 4100.

Centrelink Benefits

Centrelink provide a broad range of allowances which you may be eligible to access:

COVID-19

  • Job Keeper Payment: If you have lost your job due to Coronavirus, your employer can look at applying for the Job Keeper payment which is $1500 a fortnight. This must be done through the Australian Tax Office website. Sole traders and Casual workers are also eligible for this.
  • Job Seeker Payment: You may be able to get JobSeeker Payment if your work situation changed because of COVID-19. You will need to meet age and income tests.
  • Coronavirus Supplement: This offers $550 a fortnight on top of eligible income support payments, including the Job Seeker allowance.

Carers

  • Carer Allowance: When a child is born with CF the parent/s automatically become eligible for the carers allowance, if you are an Australian resident. This also entitles you to a health care card. When your child turns 16 you will still be eligible if they are continuing studying or doing an apprenticeship. You may also be eligible for this allowance if you are caring for an adult with CF.
  • Carer Payment: An income tested benefit, the recipient must reach a qualifying score to determine eligibility.
  • Carer Supplement: An annual $600 payment for recipients of Carer Allowance or Carer Payment for each person supported.
  • Carer Adjustment Payment: If there are exceptional circumstances and extreme hardship you may be eligible for the Carer Adjustment Payment which allows a one-off payment of up to $10,000. Families with a child who has CF will not automatically qualify, there must be other difficult adjustment issues.

Disability

  • Disability Support Pension (DSP): You need to be over 16 years and over, and not able to work more than 15 hours per week. To assess your eligibility for DSP, a report from your treating doctor or specialist on your disability, injury or illness is required.
  • Sickness Allowance: Assists if you are employed, including self-employment, and you are temporarily unable to work because of a medical condition.
  • Essential Medical Equipment Payment: An annual payment which assists with extra costs associated with essential medical equipment such as home ventilators, oxygen concentrator and nebulisers.
  • Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme Safety Net (PBS): The PBS Safety Net provides discounted prescriptions once you have reached the threshold.

Employment and Study

  • Mobility Allowance: Assists people with a chronic health condition who are working and cannot use public transport without substantial assistance or concerns about infection control. It’s not income or asset.
  • Newstart Allowance (21 years over): If you are unemployed, Newstart Allowance provides financial support while you are looking for work.
  • Youth Allowance (16 years plus): Can assist if you are a young person who is studying, undertaking training or an Australian Apprenticeship, looking for work, or if you are sick.
  • Special Benefit: A payment if you’re not eligible for any other income support and are in severe financial hardship.
  • Austudy: Provides financial help if you are aged 25 years or more and are studying or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship full-time.

All information on Centrelink allowances, benefits and concession cards can be found on their website.

Concession Cards

  • Centrelink: Centrelink has two main types of concession cards, Health Care Card and the Pensioner Concession Card. Concessions may include a reduction on many bills, including medical bills and pharmaceuticals.
  • Companion Card: Issued by National Disability Services to people with a significant permanent disability who require a care support person or a companion.
  • Student Edge Card: Provides discounts for retail and online products. They also have lots of information on budgeting, managing finances and getting a job.

External Travel Subsidies

  • Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS): If you live more than 100kms from hospital, PATS can provide assistance towards travel expenses and accommodation where eligible.
  • Transperth Concession Smart Rider: A concession card which can be obtained by anyone who holds a valid concession entitlement. Concession cardholders are also entitled to free travel during certain times.
  • ACROD Parking Program: To be eligible you must have a severe mobility impairment where walking more than 50m causes your physical condition to deteriorate and close proximity parking is required.
  • Taxi Users’ Subsidy Scheme (TUSS): TUSS provides taxi travel at a reduced rate for people who have a severe permanent disability that will always prevent them using a conventional public transport bus service.

Independent Living

  • Centrelink Rent Assistance: Available to people who receive Centrelink benefits, including those who receive more than the base rate of family tax benefit (Part A), and pay private rent above minimum thresholds.
  • Affordable Housing Options: Options to help Western Australians into affordable housing.

Continence Financial Support

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. For more information visit the Continence Foundation of Australia website or contact a continence nurse advisor at the National Continence Helpline on 1800 330 066.

Hardship Utility Grant Scheme (HUGS)

HUGS are run by WA’s Department for Child Protection. HUGS are a State Government scheme which provides financial assistance to help people with financial difficulties pay their water, gas and electricity bills so their supply is not cut off. For more information visit the HUGS website.

Dental Care

If you are in possession of a current Health Care Card, you are eligible for emergency and general dental care at the basic rate of subsidy. For more information visit the Dental Health Services website or call 08 9313 0555.

Community Aid Agencies

There are a number of aid agencies available to assist with food, emergency accommodation, clothing, counselling and family support.

Crisis Support

Emergency Contacts

  • Crisis Care: 24 hour crisis information and counselling Ph: (08) 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008 (country callers)
  • Lifeline Ph: 13 11 14

If you are aware of any other financial subsidies, please let us know by contacting our Services Manager via email (servicesmanager@cfwa.org.au) or on 08 6224 4100 so that we can advise our membership and support others.

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