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Continence services

Continence Management and Support Scheme – Adults

The State Government funds the Western Australian Continence Management and Support Scheme. The Silver Chain Nursing Association delivers the service at clinics throughout WA. Silver Chain’s specialist nurses can assess your needs and provide confidential advice on how to best manage and improve your bladder or bowel condition. The association also provides information about eligibility for continence subsidy up to the value of $490 per year. The subsidy and delivery component of the scheme is provided by Independence Australia.

The Continence Management and Support Scheme is for people aged 16 years or older. For more information on the Continence Management and Support Scheme, contact Silver Chain.
Adults may access the Continence Management and Support Scheme and the Commonwealth Continence Aids Payment Scheme at the same time.

Incontinence Pad Scheme – Children

This scheme is for children with disability who are incontinent. It is funded by the Disability Services Commission and administered by Independence Australia. A product subsidy of up to $490 per year is available to assist families with meeting the cost of continence products for their children.

You may qualify for the subsidy if:

  • your child is between 3 and 16 years of age and has a disability
  • your child is an Australian citizen, a holder of a permanent visa, or a holder of a special category visa subclass 444 (for New Zealand citizens)
  • you are in receipt of Carer Allowance (caring for a child under 16 years) – this must be verified
  • you obtain a letter from a general practitioner, continence nurse, continence physiotherapist or medical specialist stating that the child has incontinence.


If you are not in receipt of Carer Allowance or hold a different visa but meet all other eligibility criteria, an enquiry should be made to the Disability Services Commission for an individual determination.

Children may access the Incontinence Pad Scheme and the Commonwealth Continence Aids Payment Scheme at the same time.

Other continence services, supports and subsidies

There is a range of other services, supports and subsidies that may be helpful to people with continence problems in Western Australia. Some initiatives are funded by the Government of Western Australia and others are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

The Continence Aids Payment Scheme is an Australian Government Scheme that provides a payment to assist eligible people who have permanent and severe incontinence to meet some of the cost of their continence products.

Resources

Association for the Advancement of Brain Injured Children WA
This parent-run association has established a central buyers group for continence pads. It has negotiated the best possible prices for members from local suppliers and provides a phone/mail ordering service with delivery to the home.

Email: info@aabic.org.au
Website: www.aabic.org.au

Continence Advisory Service WA
The Western Australian Continence Advisory Service provides information, education and advice on bladder and bowel control issues to all those directly or indirectly affected. This includes all members of the public, such as clients, carers, students, health professionals and various health and community agencies.

Email: info@continencewa.org.au
Website: www.continencewa.org.au

Continence Aids Payment Scheme
The Continence Aids Payment Scheme is an Australian Government Scheme that provides a payment to assist eligible people who have permanent and severe incontinence to meet some of the cost of their continence products.

Website: www.bladderbowel.gov.au

 

Continence Foundation of Australia 
Supported by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, the Continence Foundation of Australia aims to:  

  • raise community awareness about bladder and bowel health and the prevention of incontinence 
  • educate people about treatment and management options for incontinence 
  • encourage people with bladder or bowel control problems to seek professional help - no matter how small their problem may be  
  • advocate for the development of accessible continence services across Australia, and  
  • facilitate and/or fund continence-related research.

Email: info@continence.org.au
Website: www.continence.org.au

Incontinence Pad Scheme
This scheme for children is funded by the Disability Services Commission and administered by Independence Australia.

Website: www.independenceaustralia.com

Independent Living Centre of WA
The Independent Living Centre of Western Australia is a not-for-profit organisation staffed by teams of qualified and experienced health professionals who can provide free and impartial information, advice, support and training about suitable equipment to manage continence problems.

Email: general@ilc.com.au
Website: www.ilc.com.au 

National Continence Helpline
This free telephone advisory service is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.  

This service is available to anyone residing within Australia and may be accessed from Monday to Friday, between 8am and 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Phone: 1800 33 00 66
Email: helpline@continence.org.au

National Public Toilet Map
The National Public Toilet Map shows the location of more than 14,000 public and private public toilet facilities across Australia.

Website: www.toiletmap.gov.au

One Step at a Time:  a parent’s guide to toilet skills for children with special needs
This booklet and set of tip sheets guides parents through the process of developing toileting skills and toilet training.

Website: www.continencevictoria.org.au

PEBBLES
PEBBLES is a continence management service for WA children aged 0 -16 years with a disability. The service is the first of its kind in Western Australia and is available to eligible children throughout the state.

Phone: 1300 865 401 (toll free)
Email: pebbles@therapyfocus.org.au

Princess Margaret Hospital – Bedwetting (enuresis) service
This service provides a self-management program with the use of quality reliable alarm machines that are used in conjunction with treatment.

Phone: 9340 8356
Website: www.pmh.health.wa.gov.au/services/enuresis