Member for Swan Hill, Peter Walsh, has welcomed the fulfilling of another Coalition election promise which will deliver top up funding for the cost of eligible aids and equipment for children with a disability.
“The financial burden on families of the cost of walking aids, wheelchairs and pressure cushions will be eased through the Government’s $4 million commitment,” Mr Walsh said today.
“There are many families throughout our region who care for children with a disability and this top-up funding should make it easier for people to access this kind of assistance.”
The top up funding means that the cost of manual and powered wheelchairs and associated customisation, pressure cushions and walking aids will now be fully subsidised for eligible applicants.
“Children with a disability often require more frequent and costly changes to their aids and equipment as they grow and develop,” Mr Walsh said.
“Manual wheelchairs can cost between $2,000 and $4,500, with the basic current subsidy set at $1,000, while the average cost of a walking aid is about $1,200, but the subsidy is just $300.
“This top-up funding will cover that gap,” he said.
To be eligible for funding, children must be less than 18 years of age, listed on a Health Care Card or hold a Pension Concession Card and have an approved Aids and Equipment Program application.
The Top-up Fund for Children will be run by Ballarat Health Services, which administers the statewide Aids and Equipment Program.
For more information on how to apply visit http://swep.bhs.org.au or telephone 1300 74 7937.
Thursday, June 07, 2012
- Trackback Link
- Post has no trackbacks.
- Walsh Urges Responsible Gambling
- Recreational fishing nets million dollar plus boost
- Public Safety Boost For Kerang
- Macular Degeneration Eye Checks Essential
- VicForests Resource Outlook
- 40 Years Of Mallee Rally To Be Celebrated
- Coalition support for freshwater research centre
- Recycled water flowing to 2000 Pakenham homes
- New feed mill to boost Gippsland livestock sector
- Emergency Services Grants Available
Election Animal Welfare Other Issues Education Community Transport Grants Police Forests Law and Order Water Agriculture Liquor Licensing