About the Australian Thalidomide Survivors Support Program

The Australian Thalidomide Survivors Support Program is an Australian Government program that provides ongoing support to Australian thalidomide survivors.

About the program

The Australian Thalidomide Survivors Support Program is a lifetime support package for recognised thalidomide survivors that:

  • acknowledges the pain and suffering of survivors
  • helps with out of pocket health care costs and also daily living costs.

This support will improve survivors’ quality of life and help meet their specialised needs.

We developed the program in response to the Senate Inquiry into Support for Australia’s thalidomide survivors. Read the Government response to the inquiry.

Under the program, survivors may be eligible to:

  • receive a lump sum payment and ongoing annual payments
  • access an Extraordinary Assistance Fund (EAF)
  • access a Health Care Assistance Fund (HCAF).

Learn more about how the program will provide support.

Why the program is important

Australians impacted by the maternal use of thalidomide have suffered because of circumstances beyond their control. Thalidomide has resulted in a lifetime of pain and hardship.

While it cannot ever make up for the hardship and suffering, the program will provide ongoing support and recognition for survivors.

Who is eligible to apply for the program

Recognised thalidomide survivors are eligible to apply for the program.

If you believe you have been impacted by thalidomide, you may be assessed to see if you’re eligible to apply for the program.

Find out if you’re eligible.

Contact

Thalidomide Support Service contact

Contact us for general enquiries about the Australian Thalidomide Survivors Support Program or for information about making a claim to the Extraordinary Assistance Fund (EAF) or the Health Care Assistance Fund (HCAF).

thalidomide.support [at] benevolent.org.au

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Australian Thalidomide Survivors Support Program contact

Email us for general information about the program.

thalidomide [at] health.gov.au

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Last updated: 
3 June 2021
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