Are you eligible for funding for your mobility equipment? The best way to find out is to ask your therapist, and they’ll guide you through the process. In the meantime, here’s a general overview of how the funding process works in Queensland.
Queensland is transitioning to the NDIS
At present in Queensland, we have the Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme (MASS), a government funding body designed to help eligible Queenslanders with medical conditions and/or physical disabilities gain access to the right equipment to improve their quality of life.
As the name suggests, this is a subsidy scheme (not fully funded), but it may be able to help you get that custom wheelchair you need, or that shower chair to help you bathe comfortably and safely.
From 1 July 2016, the Government is progressively rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across Queensland over three years. It will be operating across the state by July 2019 (replacing MASS). The NDIS already has early transition sites in Townsville and Charters Towers for children and young people (0-17 years) and eligible people from Palm Island.
When you move across to the NDIS will depend on where you live. Here’s the proposed timeline:
1 July 2016 – 30 June 2017
1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018
1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019
- Brisbane (North & South)
- Fraser Coast
- Gold Coast
What is the NDIS?
The NDIS is a new way of providing individual support for people with a disability, their families and carers. It provides eligible people with a flexible, whole-of-life approach to the support needed to pursue their goals and aspirations and participate in daily life.
What can you do to prepare?
If you currently receive disability services, you will be contacted before your area transitions. If you’re not currently receiving services, you’ll be able to apply for the Scheme when the NDIS is available in your area.
We have the power to move you
An accredited MASS supplier, Power Mobility has an extensive range of wheelchairs and mobility aids designed to make your life easier. To find out more, please call 07 3265 4633 to talk to one of our friendly team or drop into our showroom.
If you’d like to know more about the NDIS, go to https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/our-sites/QLD or call 1800 800 110.