Subsidies and support for purchasing incontinence aids and appliances 

There is a range of subsidies available for people with long term or permanent and severe incontinence. 

There are varying eligibility conditions for each scheme. Contact us for more information. 

Incontinent Pad Scheme for children (IPS)

This scheme is for Western Australian children who have a disability and are aged 3 – 15 years. Permanent residents in Western Australia who are eligible for a Carers allowance are eligible.  

Application for this scheme requires a medical application form to be completed by a medical practitioner, continence nurse or continence physiotherapist and an IPS application form to be submitted.

This scheme allows for incontinence products such as nappies and pull-ups to the value of $490 per year to be provided. 

Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP)

Incontinence products provided under this scheme are for eligible war veterans and war widows entitled to receive incontinence products funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs. A continence assessment and product prescription is required.

Continence Management Advice Service (CMAS) 

This scheme is for Western Australians who have a Pension Concession Card or Health Care Card and have had an incontinence issue for more than six months.

Eligible people receive a continence assessment and prescription of incontinence products to the value of $490 per year. An annual reassessment is required for a further 12-month issue of incontinence products. 

Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS)

The CAPS subsidy is available for people with permanent and severe incontinence who have either an eligible neurological condition or other specific listed conditions provided they have a Centrelink Pension Concession Card and meet other eligibility conditions. 

The application form includes information on eligibility and a Health Report section that needs to be completed by a medical practitioner or continence health care professional.   CAPS funding is indexed each financial year. The current annual funding in 2017-2018 is $558.90. Funding is calculated on a pro-rata basis for applications received after July. This means that people who join the scheme half way through the financial year will only receive the equivalent of six months funding. Full funding is received at the start of the following new financial year.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Eligible people with a disability may be able to access funding for incontinence products through their NDIS funding. This should be discussed with your planner/ coordinator. 

For more information on incontinence product subsidies contact us.

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Kylie – parent of a child that wets the bed 

Kylie rang our service as she was concerned about her five-year-old daughter, Mia, who was wetting the bed. Kylie had tried limiting Mia’s drinks in the late afternoon and evening and was also getting up at night to wake Mia and take her to the toilet.

Our advisor explained that it may take children until they around 5 ½ years old before they gain bladder control during sleep. Kylie was advised to encourage Mia to drink well throughout the day and was cautioned against cutting out drinks in the afternoon and early evening. Kylie was discouraged from waking Mia at night to take her to the toilet. Kylie was provided with information on obtaining a referral from Mia’s doctor to a bedwetting clinic if Mia continues to wet the bed past 5 ½ years of age.

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Anastasiya’s story

“As a mum of two young children, I have experienced the joys of two pregnancies and postpartum recoveries. I was shocked after the birth of my first child to discover that my pelvic floor muscles had become weak. I sought advice from Bladder and Bowel Health Australia and learnt the importance of exercising these muscles. This knowledge helped, and because I was better informed second time around, I have now fully restored the dignity of my body and truly enjoyed the changes - and my motherhood. Thank you, Bladder and Bowel Health Australia, for informing young families about bladder and bowel health issues.” 

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Doreen – carer of her husband who has dementia 

Doreen was becoming exhausted caring for her husband Tom, who has dementia. Tom was not always making it to the toilet on time and needed his trousers to be changed several times a day. Every day Doreen was also washing bedlinen and the four towels that Tom was laying on at night as he was soaking through his pull-up pants. 

Tom was receiving a high-level Home Care Package, and Doreen was able to arrange with their provider for some of Tom’s package to be allocated to funding continence assessment and management.  

Our advisor went to Tom’s home and conducted a thorough continence assessment. A continence management plan was developed with input from Doreen, and appropriate incontinence aids and linen protection were organised. Doreen is relieved that Tom’s incontinence has reduced, and her washing load has lessened. Doreen is now confident that she can continue caring for Tom in their home. 

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Gary – experiencing leakage after his recent prostate surgery 

Gary met with one of our Bladder and Bowel Health advisors, as he was concerned about his urine leakage that was persisting after his radical prostatectomy five weeks earlier.   

Gary discussed his concerns with the advisor and was reassured that he was making good progress towards regaining bladder control. This reinforced the information he had received from his urologist. Gary was encouraged to switch to a smaller incontinence pad rather than continuing to wear the pull- up incontinence pants he had worn since his surgery. The advisor arranged some smaller pads for him to trial and provided details on where he could buy them close to his home. 

Gary was encouraged to drink plenty of fluid (particularly water) and to increase his fruit and vegetable intake to avoid constipation. Gary was uncertain if his pelvic floor muscles were working properly and he was referred to a pelvic floor physiotherapist. Gary left the clinic in a brighter frame of mind, confident that he was improving and had clear strategies to further support his recovery.