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Aids provided through hospital programs

If you have been admitted to a public hospital and require medical equipment, you may be eligible to hire or loan equipment before you leave. This will vary from hospital to hospital, and will depend on availability.

Most local chemists hire out equipment such as crutches and wheelchairs—the cost will depend on the chemist you visit.

Cystic Fibrosis Program

The Cystic Fibrosis Program (CFP) assists Queensland patients by subsidising medical aids and equipment for people with cystic fibrosis through a hospital program.

Eligibility

You may be eligible for assistance through the CFP if you:

  • are a permanent resident of Queensland
  • are an outpatient of a Queensland hospital
  • are managed by a Queensland hospital multidisciplinary team
  • have a permanent/stable condition or disability
  • hold a pensioner concession card, health care card or Queensland Government Seniors Card
  • have a confirmed diagnosis of cystic fibrosis
  • require the aids and equipment for airway clearance and inhalation  therapy (excluding Pulmozyme medication).

You need to be assessed by one of the following clinicians associated with a cystic fibrosis clinic:

  • physiotherapist
  • registered nurse.

Subsidy amounts and criteria

Assistance is available for:

  • nebulisers
  • positive expiratory pressure (PEP) devices
  • flutter devices.

The CFP does not fund nebuliser filter pads or pumps. More details are available in the Cystic Fibrosis Application Guidelines (PDF, 356 KB).

How to apply

You will need to complete:

Your clinician will complete Part B, attach any supporting evidence and submit your completed application to MASS.

Reapply

Adults can reapply after 12 months.

Children under 16 can reapply after 6 months. 

More information

Contact the CFP for more information about the program.