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 Equipment Subsidy – Important News

Due to overwhelming demand, our recent subsidy for home gym and exercise equipment has now been exhausted.

We know that exercise is a core component of staying mentally and physically healthy, so we are endeavouring to secure further funds to keep supporting essential home-based exercise, particularly during this COVID-19 period.

We are working hard to secure more funding for this subsidy and we hope to reinstate it in the future. If you have any queries please contact Kathryn at servicesmanager@cfwa.org.au

CFWA Exercise/Activity Subsidy (Not Currently Available)

Our Exercise/Activity Subsidy is designed to help encourage and increase physical activity. Due to recent gym closures we have made some changes to our Activity Subsidy, including expanding access to include children.

Adults (existing)

If you are currently utilising this subsidy for reimbursement of your gym/PT, or other community based exercise program, (and want to discontinue this activity due to the current health warnings) you need to suspend your subscription. We will contribute up to $300 towards your Jan – March 2020 payments.

Please complete the subsidy application here. Ensure you select ‘Activity Subsidy and Patient Support’ from the drop-down menu and upload details about your membership and proof of payment between Jan – March 2020.

If you wish to continue with your subscription and adapt it to an online program, please continue to access the program and we will continue to support this activity up to a maximum of $100 per month.

If you have suspended your subscription and do not wish to continue with your current provider, we can provide you with a $300 subsidy towards the purchase of equipment to enable you to train and exercise at home. Once you have acquired your new equipment, please complete the application form here and ensure you select ‘Equipment Subsidy’ from the drop down menu and upload your tax receipt.

Adults (new)

We can provide you with a subsidy of $300 to help towards the purchase of equipment to enable you to train or exercise at home. Examples include weights, ropes, treadmill etc. Please complete the equipment subsidy application here and ensure you select ‘Equipment Subsidy’ from the drop down menu and upload your tax receipt.

Please note, this is a reimbursement subsidy, so you must purchase your equipment and provide a receipt prior to submitting your application.

Alternatively, we can provide a subsidy towards online PT/Gym classes of up to $100 per month (claimed quarterly). Please complete the subsidy application here, ensuring you select ‘Activity Subsidy and Patient Support’ from the drop down menu and upload details about your membership and proof of payment.

Please note, this is a reimbursement subsidy, so you must purchase your activity and provide a receipt prior to submitting your application.

If you would like to continue utilising the (Adult) physical activity subsidy (April – June) you will not be able to apply for the equipment subsidy.

Activity/Exercise Subsidy Eligibility:

  • Provide a tax receipt (showing ABN and full payment details). Receipt to be uploaded onto our online subsidy request form here.
  • Complete a pre and post questionnaire about your fitness levels and exercise habits. This program will be continuously reviewed, and availability will be dependent on funding.
  • Prior to commencing new activities, we highly recommend:
  • Reading relevant CF Fit booklets
  • Seeking advice and an exercise plan from your CF hospital physiotherapist
  • Locate a fully qualified class instructor/personal trainer who understands CF or is open to learning about CF. CFWA are also available to provide education.

CFWA Children Activity Subsidy

Please note this subsidy is not currently accessible while gyms and sporting clubs are closed. The Adult Exercise/Activity Subsidy has been expanded to include children and can be used to purchase home gym equipment/online physical exercise programs.

We can provide your child with a subsidy of $300 to help towards the purchase of equipment to enable them to train or exercise at home. Examples include trampoline, bike, or for older children, free weights or resistance bands. Please complete the equipment subsidy application here select Equipment Subsidy from the drop down menu and ensure you upload the tax receipt.

Please note, this is a reimbursement subsidy, so you must purchase your equipment and provide a receipt prior to submitting your application.

Alternatively, we can provide a subsidy towards online Child gym/activity classes of up to $100 per month (claimed quarterly). Please complete the subsidy application hereselect Activity Subsidy and Patient Support from the drop down menu and ensure you upload details about the membership and proof of payment.

Please note, this is a reimbursement subsidy, so you must purchase the activity and provide a receipt prior to submitting your application.

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
  • 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 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 Regional Travel Subsidy

Funded through CFWA fundraising, our Adult Regional Travel Subsidy provides financial support to adults living in regional 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 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

  • 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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