Most people with incontinence use continence products such as pads, catheters or bedding protection to manage their condition. Some people require these products on a long term basis, which can become very expensive, and put unreasonable pressure on the household budget.
The Australian Government and State and Territory Governments offer a range of continence subsidy schemes to help offset some of these costs. These schemes have differing eligibility criteria and funding allocations, which means that you may be able to apply for funding through several schemes if you are eligible.
Details of these subsidy schemes can be found on this section of the website, by downloading the funding schemes for continence products fact sheet, or by contacting a continence nurse advisor on the National Continence Helpline on 1800 33 00 66. The Helpline can also provide you product information and the details of local and national continence product suppliers.
The Continence Foundation recommends an assessment by a continence health professional to ensure that you or the person you are caring for uses the most appropriate continence product, including the correct fit and application of the product. To find out the details of your local continence health professional contact the National Continence Helpline.