It gives us great pleasure to be able to share with you some exciting news and changes regarding the National Epidermolysis Bullosa Dressing Scheme (NEBDS) in Australia that took effect from 1st October 2012.

      >  The Dept of Health and Ageing and the Federal Minister for health have confirmed that the scheme will continue to be funded into the future past the current funding end date of Dec 2013. This scheme is not subject to an end date for funding any longer.

     >  All age restrictions around Simplex Types will be removed allowing ongoing access to dressings for all eligible EB patients in Australia regardless of age and type.

These changes mean that many more people will now be able to apply to access the scheme subject to meeting the eligibility, co-payment and ongoing review requirements. This also means that less re- testing around inconclusive results will be required if the sub type is unclear.

The Dept, BrightSky Australia and DEBRA Australia are all working hard to ensure all relevant information is updated and will be available and communicated in full shortly.

For more information on the EB Dressings Scheme, go to BrightSky Australia’s website:

http://www.ebdressings.com.au/