National Epidermolysis Bullosa Dressing Scheme

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From 1 July 2018, administration of the National Epidermolysis Bullosa Dressing Scheme (NEBDS) will be managed by Independence Australia.  BrightSky Australia is working with Independence Australia to ensure a smooth transition to the new administration arrangements for all.

From 1 July, recipients and stakeholders of NEBDS will continue to be able to use the same NEBDS telephone umber of 1300 290 400 to contact Independence Australia.
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Calling for Expressions of Interest for a Consumer Representative for the Clinical Advisory Committee.
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Important Changes to the Scheme’s Eligibility Criteria

On 1 October 2012, the Australian Government announced the removal of all age restrictions from the Scheme’s eligibility criteria.  This policy amendment enables greater access and support of patients living with EB.

In the 2009 – 2010 Budget, the Australian Government committed $16.4m over four years to establish the National Epidermolysis Bullosa Dressing Scheme (“National EB Dressing Scheme”).  The scheme supports eligible people with Epidermolysis Bullosa by improving access to dressings and bandages which can be costly. Dressings help reduce infection, complications and unnecessary hospitalisations.

The National EB Dressing Scheme commenced on 1 January 2010 and is administered on behalf of the Australian Government by BrightSky Australia, in consultation with the National EB Dressing Scheme Clinical Advisory Committee and the Australian Government - Department of Health and Ageing.

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