National EB Dressing Scheme
The National EB Dressing Scheme has been funded by the Australian Government since 2010 and is currently administered by BrightSky Australia. A Clinical Advisory Committee provides advice on the operation of the scheme, eligibility criteria and dressings to be subsidised under the scheme. The committee consists of a variety of government representatives and an EB family representative who closely work with DEBRA Australia and EB nurses to ensure they provide a broad range of latest dressings suitable for different types of EB.
Access to the National EB Dressing Scheme is available to patients who meet a certain eligibility criteria. This criteria is based on the severity of the condition and the clinical requirements for specific dressings.
Applicants must be clinically diagnosed with EB and be Australian citizens or residents who are eligible to receive Medicare benefits.
All types of EB and patients of all ages are eligible under the scheme, must have a clinical diagnosis by an approved Healthcare professional. Skin biopsy or genetic testing results to confirm diagnosis must be provided within 6 months for the general population and 3 months for newborns. For more information, please consult the eligibility criteria.
Under the scheme, a monthly supply of approved dressings is delivered to eligible patients’ homes. Patients are required to contribute to the cost of their monthly supply of dressings. This contribution is equivalent to one Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme co-payment and the Australian Government meets the remaining costs.
For more information on the EB Dressing Scheme, go to BrightSky Australia’s website: ebdressings.com.au or contact Rachel Ford, Clinical Nurse Consultant, at BrightSky Australia, on: 02 8741 5721.