Funding for disability

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Funding resources for people with disability

As the landscape of funding for disability keeps changing, we keep updating and adding to this page. Here at mCare Digital, we acknowledge assistive technology can be life-changing for those living with disability.

We understand the importance and relevance of funding, which is one of the reasons we became an NDIS registered provider. This means you could purchase our award winning mCareWatch or the mCareMate pendant through the NDIS scheme or potentially utilise another funding resource towards the purchase price. Find out more on this page.

mCare Digital is a registered NDIS official provider and this is the image of the logo showcasing that

Provider Name

mCareWatch

Provider Number

4050006555

NDIS FUNDING OPTIONS

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What is the NDIS and am I eligible?

What is the NDIS?

There are around 4.3 million Australians who have a disability. When it is fully rolled out, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will provide about 460,000 Australians aged under 65, who have permanent and significant disability with funding for supports and services. For many people, it will be the first time they receive the disability support they need.

The NDIS can provide all people with disability with information and connections to services in their communities such as doctors, sporting clubs, support groups, libraries and schools, as well as information about what support is provided by each state and territory government. You can access further information via this link.

Call: 1800 800 100

Am I eligible?

Check out this link for the qualifying criteria: https://www.ndis.gov.au/applying-access-ndis/am-i-eligible

How do I get approved?

If you visit the am I eligible page, you will find an NDIS checklist you can read to see if you are eligible.

If you meet the criteria and you would like to become a participant, call NDIS on 1800 800 110 and ask to make an Access Request.

If you are already receiving disability support services, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will contact you when it becomes available in your area.

Please remember, if you do not receive any disability supports, make sure the NDIS is available in your area before you call to make an Access Request.

Visit this link for detailed information about the approval process.

Call: 1800 800 100

I need help with my plan

NDIS Website

There are 3 aspects of your plan to consider:

  1. Creating your plan
  2. Using your plan
  3. Reviewing your plan and goals

To get ready for your planning meeting, think about your immediate support needs and your current and future goals. A comprehensive list of agencies and organisations that could assist you with the process could also be found on the NDIS websit. Follow this link for further information.

mCareWatch is an approved and authorised NDIS provider.

It means your plan could include the mCareWatch through the NDIS funding. We would need to provide you with a quote so please contact us for details.

mCareWatch is approved to provide support for the following categories:

  • Personal Mobility Equipment
  • Assistive Prod – Household Task
  • Assist Prod- Pers Care/Safety

Provider Name: mCareWatch
Provider Number: 4050006555

DEMENTIA RELATED OPTIONS

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Younger onset of dementia and the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way supports will be provided to eligible Australians with a disability or disease such as younger onset dementia.

The purpose of the NDIS is to provide people with greater choice, individualised support and the flexibility to manage these supports.

For further information and assistance visit Dementia Australia. 

Call: 1800 100 500

I'd like more information about dementia care

Dementia Daily is an accessible, community oriented support centre run by Alzheimer’s Australia that invites comments and interaction from a caring group of users. Includes links to the latest in research, events, shared stories from real life carers and those living with dementia and good quality fact sheets.

Call: 1800 100 500

Alzheimer’s Australia is a great resource online helping those who care for someone with dementia.

What is DBMAS and am I eligible?

Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Sources is a national free service funded by the Australian Government. It is operated and administered by Dementia Support Australia (DSA) in partnership with Hammond Care.

It is a good access point to find services and support, from assessment and diagnosis through to referral to other services and more. It contains useful information and practical tips for family carers as well as care workers. There are some eligibility requirements for certain services but information is free.

Call: 1800 699 799

mCareWatch is Dementia Choices endorsed

The mCareWatch mobile personal emergency smartwatch has met the Dementia Choice standards and received accreditation endorsement status.

Endorsed by Dementia Choices

Products endorsed by Dementia Choices are designed to create a dementia-friendly environment, allowing people with dementia to live as independently as possible for as long as possible.

Care organisations can be confident that products endorsed by Dementia Choices provide excellent solutions to the environmental issues often experienced by people living with dementia.

Every product endorsed by Dementia Choices meets rigorous standards. Each is reviewed by an expert Dementia Centre consultant using the Dementia Choices rating tool before a peer-reviewed report is provided.

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS

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I need help with the NDIS funding

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is Australia’s largest national service provider for people on the autism spectrum. Their specialised, evidence informed schools program is one of the largest in the world, with additional services that include information and advice, diagnostic assessments, behaviour support, parent and family support, and adult programs.  Its focus spans from pre-schoolers through to those aged over 18, with specific information to support each age and stage, including information about assessment and early intervention programs.

Aspect is an approved provider in NSW, ACT, Victoria and South Australia to assist you with NDIS. Further information can be found via this link: https://www.autismspectrum.org.au/funded-supports

If you are based in a state that’s not listed here (such as TAS, NT, WA or QLD), please refer to the information we’ve listed under the local/state based organisations.

National Call Centre Number: 1800 277 328

I'd like to learn more about autism

Autism Awareness is an Australian autism education and advocacy service that delivers information about the condition itself along with a range of programs and services – many free of charge – designed to empower and support people with autism and their families. It spans crucial information from diagnosis through treatment to new research, news and events.

Further resources can be found on their website by following this link: https://www.autismawareness.com.au/resources-01/

National Call Centre Number: 1300 900 681

I'm after a local/state based autism organisation

NSW, ACT, VIC and SA

One of the largest providers is Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) who are an approved provider for NDIS funding assistance in NSW, ACT, VIC and SA.

Call: 1800 277 328

VIC

Amaze is the peak body for people with autism and their families in Victoria, however contains a lot of information that is relevant and useful to all Australians with autism and their carers.

Call: 1300 308 699

QLD

Autism Queensland

Call: 1800 800 110

SA

Autism SA

Call: 1300 288 476

WA

Autism Association of Western Australia

Call: 1800 636 427

TAS

Autism Tasmania

Hobart: 03 6231 2745
Launceston: 03 6344 1212

NT

Autism NT

Call: 08 89484424

DISABILITY ASSISTANCE FUNDING

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What is EAF and am I eligible?

The Australian Government’s Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) provides financial assistance to a person with disability or their employer for workplace modifications, equipment and services they require as a result of their disability and are necessary for them to be able to perform their employment duties. You may be eligible to receive funding for your mCareWatch under this program.

Call: 1800 646 800

How could assistive technology help me?

Assistive technology is any device, system or design, that allows an individual to perform a task that they would otherwise be unable to do, or increase the ease and safety with which a task can be performed, or anything that assists individuals to carry-out daily activities.

Other common terms you may be familiar with include aids and equipment or home healthcare.

We recommend visiting an Independent Living Centre near you to sample some of the available tools (check out their website for further information).

Amongst other things, you’ll find information about products and services to help people remain independent and improve their quality of life. This is a high quality collection of some of the latest and most popular assistive technology for people living with dementia, disabilities and their carers. Independent Living Centres in each state (except NT) offer a wide range of other services and support. The Community Services section includes many useful links: for Seniors; for Youth/Children; for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and more.

Call: 1300 885 886

What sort of grants are available to me?

Grant Funding For Individuals

The Independent Living Centre manages two grant programs for individuals with disabilities. These are the Disability Equipment Grant (DEG) and the Equipment For Living Grant (EFL). Both grants have different eligibility and types of equipment/assistive technology they fund. Forms are regularly updated so please refer to the website for the latest versions.


Disability Equipment Grants Program (DEG)

The Disability Equipment Grant (DEG) Program aims to assist eligible Western Australians with permanent disabilities obtain specific items of equipment and/or subsidies unavailable through other funding. This program is income assessed.


Grants for Assistive Technology/Equipment

Items considered for funding include vehicle modifications, specialised assistive technology for people with sensory, communication or physical impairments, air conditioners and other essential independence equipment.

For more information and to download the application forms please visit this page.


Equipment for Living Grants (EFL)

The Independent Living Centre of WA is pleased to announce we have received additional grant funding from the Disability Services Commission to continue the Equipment for Living (EFL) grants program until June 2020. Please refer to the new grant forms as there have been some changes.

Equipment for Living Grants (EFL) are available to assist eligible people to obtain vital equipment not currently available through the CAEP or other support programs. The grants will provide essential items that enable individuals with disabilities to have increased participation within their homes and communities. The maximum individual grant is $5,000. Please refer to the application form for eligibility criteria.

For further information and to download the EFL application form visit: http://ilc.com.au/funding/

TAC (Victoria)

Transport Accident Commission

The TAC is a Victorian Government-owned organisation whose role is to promote road safety, support those who have been injured on Victorian roads and to help them get their lives back on track.


What do they cover?

The TAC cover the costs of injuries which are the direct result of the driving of a car, motorcycle, bus, train or tram. They provide support services for people injured in a transport accident as a driver, passenger, pedestrian, motorcyclist and in many cases, a cyclist. The supports can include income support while you recover and the payment of a lump sum if you have a serious and permanent injury.


Are your products covered?

Under the TAC’s new equipment process low cost equipment under $1,000 is pre-approved. This includes all products and service plans from mCareWatch.


Further Information

For further information about TAC please visit: https://www.tac.vic.gov.au/

Lifetime Care and Support Scheme (NSW)

icare

If you’ve been severely injured in a NSW motor accident, you may be eligible to become a Lifetime Care participant.


What do they cover?

The Lifetime Care and Support Scheme pays for treatment, rehabilitation and care for people who have been severely injured in a motor accident in NSW. They are a no-fault scheme. This means they can provide support regardless of who was at fault in the accident, as long as you meet their eligibility criteria for both your motor accident and your injury.


Who is eligible?

Severe injuries that may be eligible for the Scheme include:

– spinal cord injury

– brain injury

– amputations

– burns

– permanent blindness

 
Further Information

For further information or to apply please visit:

https://www.icare.nsw.gov.au/injured-or-ill-people/motor-accident-injuries/make-an-application/

This is Dementia Choices logo displayed on the mCare Digital website as an accredited provider for Dementia services

The mCareWatch personal emergency alarm is Dementia Choice Accredited

Products endorsed by Dementia Choices are designed to create a dementia-friendly environment, allowing people with dementia to live as independently as possible for as long as possible.

What sets us apart?

Unlike conventional smart devices, our products are specialised tools that serve as a lifeline for the wearer.

Tailored for Support and Safety: Our devices are more than just medical alarms; they are a comprehensive support system. They come equipped with mCare controlled functions such as:

SOS Alerts: Immediate connection to emergency support with a simple press.

Medication and Appointment Reminders: Helping wearers stay on top of their health regimen.

GPS Location Tracking: Providing peace of mind to family members by locating the wearer in case of an emergency.

A SIM card integration is essential for these features, particularly the SOS calls, ensuring that help is just a button-press away.

Funding for disability – next steps

If you are new to these options, we know it can be overwhelming to know what to do next. Regardless whether your plan is self-managed, prepared by an agency or an Occupational Therapist, we’d be happy to assist you in this process. Please feel free to contact us directly by calling 1300 188 557. 

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AXIS Building. Level 1, Suite 109
46-50 Kent Rd, Mascot, NSW 2020 Australia
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Monday – Friday 9:30am – 5:00pm.

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