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Subsidies & Equipment

CFWA Subsidies

Cystic Fibrosis WA (CFWA) currently provide the following subsidies (Please note that due to funding all our subsidies may be subject to change).

CFWA Adult Activity Subsidy (16+ years)

Activity subsidies for gym or personal training are available up to $300 per quarter. To claim this, you will need to complete a pre-subsidy survey to allow us to measure the success of the program. Please click here to complete the quick pre-subsidy survey.

Please note, this is a reimbursement subsidy, so you will need to provide a tax receipt and upload this onto our online subsidy application here. The receipt must show ABN and full payment details.

We recommend you work with a fully qualified instructor who understands CF or is open to learning about CF. Seek advice from your CF physiotherapist about any limitations and read relevant CF Fit booklets for more information.

CFWA Children Activity Subsidy

This annual subsidy is for children up 16 years of age to be used towards community sports/physical activity OR physio/exercise equipment. You can apply for up to $200 per year or $50 if you are eligible for Kidsport. Please note, this is a reimbursement subsidy, so you must purchase the activity/equipment and provide a receipt prior to submitting your application. Click here to access the subsidy and select ‘Activity Subsidy and Patient Support’ from the drop-down menu.

CFWA Travel Subsidies

Telethon Regional Travel Subsidy

Families of children attending Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) clinic appointments or hospital admissions can receive a subsidy between $25-$150, depending on where you’re travelling from. This subsidy is proudly sponsored by Telethon.

Click here to access this subsidy.

Telethon Sibling and Offspring Camp Subsidy

Travel reimbursement to assist regional children in attending the annual Sibling and Offspring Camp. This subsidy is proudly sponsored by Telethon.

Click here to access this subsidy.

Adult Travel Subsidy

Funded through CFWA fundraising, our Adult Travel Subsidy provides financial support to adults living in WA who are attending clinic appointments or admissions at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) or Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) . The subsidy can provide between $25-$100 depending on where you’re travelling from.

Click here to access this subsidy.

CFWA Mental Health Subsidies

If you’re struggling with your mental health, CFWA are able to offer a mental health subsidy that will pay “gap funding” to see a community-based psychologist, social worker or counsellor. This gap funding is available in addition to a Mental Health Care Plan and Medicare rebate, accessed through a referral from your GP.

Click here to access this subsidy.

Mental Health Subsidy Eligibility:

  • Must have CF or caring for someone with CF
  • Capped at $50 per application or session to a maximum of $500 per annum
  • Reimbursement dependent upon presentation of receipt

For further information about the Mental Health Care Plan and the Medicare Rebate see our Mental Health Care Plan factsheet.

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 6457 7333.

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. Please read the factsheet for more information.
  • Coronavirus Supplement: This offers $550 a fortnight on top of eligible income support payments, including the Job Seeker allowance. Click here to read more.

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.
  • Carers Payment: An income tested benefit, the recipient must reach a qualifying score to determine eligibility.
  • 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: Helps if you are in severe financial need due to circumstances outside your control and you cannot receive any other Centrelink pension or benefit.
  • 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 33 00 66.

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.

Emergency Accommodation and Crisis Support

Emergency Contacts

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 6457 7333 so that we can advise our membership and support others.

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