Continence Aids Assistance Scheme – expansion

At a cost of $18.2 million over four years, the Continence Aids Assistance Scheme will be expanded to include two new groups: children from 5 to 15 years old; and older people (65 and over) with non-neurological causes of incontinence, provided they hold a Pensioner Concession Card.

Page last updated: 08 May 2007

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Why is this important?

  • The Continence Aids Assistance Scheme (CAAS) provides continence aids such as pads, catheters and other products to the value of $470 a year for each person. These items are important in maintaining a good quality of life for people with incontinence, and enabling them to participate in the community.
  • Some people with permanent incontinence were previously excluded from assistance under CAAS. The scheme was limited to people between 16 and 64 years of age who have a neurological cause of their incontinence.
  • The age eligibility for the CAAS will be expanded to include people aged five years or older, and also covers people with non-neurological causes of incontinence, such as dementia, prostate disease and cancer, who hold a Pensioner Concession Card, and their dependants.
  • Incontinence is one of the major factors that increase the likelihood of admission into residential aged care.

Who will benefit?

  • This expansion will include a further 54,000 people with permanent incontinence.
  • Children aged five to 15 years and people aged 65 years and over will benefit from the age expansion of CAAS, as well as people on a Pensioner Concession Card who have a non- neurological cause of their incontinence.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government is committing an additional $98.5 million in new funding over five years.

What have we done in the past?

  • In addition to funding provided for CAAS, $18.2 million over four years was made available for phase three of the National Continence Management Strategy in the 2006-07 Budget.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This is an ongoing initiative.

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