The Western Australian Continence Management and Support Scheme (CMASS) is a product subsidy scheme for individuals aged 16 years and older who meet CMASS eligibility. It is managed and operated by Independence Australia on behalf of the Department of Communities. A product subsidy of up to $490 per year is available to assist with meeting the cost of continence products. Eligible individuals may access CMASS and the Commonwealth Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) at the same time.
CMASS product subsidy eligibility criteria
- A permanent resident of Western Australia, aged 16 years or older
- Have a defined chronic or intractable continence condition (lasting for six months or more) assessed by Silver Chain
- Hold a Pensioner Concession Card or a Health Care Card
- not in receipt of a Commonwealth Home Care Package (Level 1 to 4) or living in a Commonwealth funded High-level residential care home
- not in receipt of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan
Please note: Silver Chain’s Continence Management and Advisory Service (CMAS) delivers assessments and provides confidential advice on how to best manage and improve your bladder or bowel condition. Silver Chain can be contacted on 1300 787 055 or click here.
Once Independence Australia receives a prescription by Silver Chain, an initial order will be placed as per the referral request to deliver directly to the client’s place of residence. As a client, once Silver Chain has submitted an assessment, you can re-order at your convenience by calling Independence Australia on 1300 788 855.
If you reach your current eligibility limit of CMASS funding for the year, you can still continue to purchase the same products at the same contracted price directly from Independence Australia. Please contact us on 1300 788 855 for more information.
Following the NDIS transition schedule in WA, as of 1 July 2019 all of WA has transitioned to the nationally-delivered NDIS. For product subsidy, CMASS is unable to take on new individuals with disability under 65 years old in NDIS areas. New individuals with disability under 65 years old should contact the NDIS to make an Access Request.
How to use your NDIS funding with Independence Australia
Click here to see our range of options to purchase consumables with your allocated NDIS participant funding