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National Epidermolysis Bullosa Dressing Scheme (NEBDS)

National Epidermolysis Bullosa Dressing Scheme (NEBDS) supports people with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) by improving access to subsidised wound dressings, bandages, and ancillary products. It is funded by the Australian Government and administered by Independence Australia.


You are eligible for NEBDS if you are clinically diagnosed with EB and an Australian citizen or resident who is eligible to receive Medicare benefits.

People with all types of EB are eligible under the scheme.

Proof of diagnosis is required to support an application from either:

    • skin biopsy testing results
    • genetic testing results
    • genetic testing results of a family member

Note a clinical diagnosis must be followed by a skin biopsy, genetic testing or genetic       tests of a family member:

    • within 6 months of provisional approval; or
    • within 3 months for a newborn

Click here for a more in-depth review of the eligibility criteria.

Support Provided

Under the scheme, a monthly supply of approved dressings is delivered to your home. Recipients 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 will meet the remaining costs.

Recipients can order dressings up to the amount of their Standard Order prescribed by their Treating Healthcare Professional.

You can view the list of approved dressings.


How to Apply

1. Complete the Application Form

2. Obtain all necessary documents

3. Send application to Independence Australia.

Click here to see full application details.

How to Order

Once your eligibility is confirmed, Independence Australia will contact you each month to confirm your order and organise your monthly contribution payment.

Independence Australia will contact you at least one week prior to the scheduled delivery date to confirm your dressing requirements for the next month and to organise payment of your Monthly Contribution. At this time, you can reduce your order or increase it (up to your Standard Order as prescribed) depending on your needs or change your delivery address.