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There is a wide range of  services that may assist in managing the financial impact of MS. These include financial planning assistance, employment and income support, carer support, assistance with disability related home modifications, the provision of equipment (including scooters and wheelchairs), home care, community transport,  transport subsidies, telecommunication costs (computers, internet access, home phones, mobile phones). Some of these services may be means tested/and or require some form of co-payment. Over time, these services (collectively) can play an important role in managing the financial impact of MS and are well worth exploring. 
FREE FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Centrelink provides a Financial Information Service, which is free, confidential and available to everyone. Information is provided over the telephone, at personal interviews or through finance education seminars. If possible, your questions will be answered over the telephone. If there are complex issues a personal interview may be arranged - telephone 132 300 and ask to speak to a Financial Information Service Officer. Information from the Financial Information Service (FIS) can help you:
  • understand your finance and financial affairs
  • learn more about investing
  • learn how to save and plan for the future
  • learn more about shares, property, salary sacrificing, and superannuation
  • start planning your retirement and understand the options available
  • understand the financial implications when you, or someone close to you, is considering moving into residential care
  • use credit in a sensible way.

 

THE NATIONAL DISABILITY SUPPORT SCHEME

 

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a social insurance scheme designed to transform the way disability services are provided in Australia. Traditionally, disability support funding was provided to service and care providers in block payments. The premise of the NDIS is to provide this funding directly to people with a disability who qualify for the scheme and to assist them to make informed decisions about the best supports and services they require to help live their life to the fullest. The first stage of the NDIS commenced in July 2013 with launch sites in South Australia, Tasmania, the Hunter region in New South Wales and the Barwon region of Victoria. The Australian Capital Territory launch will commence in July 2014 - find out more including frequent questions, issues and testimonials

 

 

INCOME SUPPORT PROGRAMS

Following is a selection of income and pension support programs and services identified by people with MS. If in doubt check with your regional MS Australia representative to find out about the availability of these or comparable services in your locality. Topics are presented alphabetically.

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Carer Allowance Centrelink Carer Allowances For people who care for an adult with a disability at home 132 717 Visit
Carer Payment Centrelink Carer Payments For people who cannot support themselves while caring for someone with a disability 132 717 Visit
Disability Support Pension Centrelink For people assessed as not being able to work or be retrained for work of at least 15 hours per week within two years because of illness, injury or disability, 132 717 Visit
Employment Assistance Refer to the Rehabilitation & Therapy section of the Roadmap for information on this topic     Visit
Finance Planning Assistance Centrelink Centrelink provides a Financial Information Service, which is free, confidential and available to everyone. 132 300 Visit
Homecare and Support Refer to the Homecare & Support section of the Roadmap for information on this topic There is a wide range of services that may financially assist  in managing at home. These can include, assistance with disability related home modifications, the provision of equipment (including scooters and wheelchairs),  community transport, air conditioning, transport subsidies, telecommunication costs (computers, internet access, home phones, mobile phones).    Visit
Mobility allowance Centrelink Assists people with disabilities who are in paid employment, voluntary work, vocational training,. 132 717 Visit

 

 

 

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