Support for members

Supporting our members during COVID-19

Cystic Fibrosis Queensland will continue to work alongside clinicians to support our members as the pandemic restrictions start to ease.

 

Visiting the Office

The office will re-open 01 June with a skeleton staff onsite Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 5pm. Visitors will still be restricted, and we request for people to please call ahead. If you do need to collect something from us or visit the office, please ring ahead on 07 3359 8000 to make an appointment.

 

Welfare Subsidies

Physical activities, parking and medical expense subsidies

We provide our members with a $150 subsidy per year for any expense which promotes physical activity, a maximum of $100 a year parking reimbursement and $100 subsidy for medical expenses.

 

Please send us a completed subsidy claim form along with any receipts to verify your claim.  Alternatively click on the "Claim Today" button Below. These subsidies may be claimed once every calendar year.

 

Click here to download the subsidy claim form.

Email the completed form to services@cfqld.org.au by the first Wednesday in December.

Accommodation assistance for rural and remote members

If you or a member of your family has cystic fibrosis and you live in a rural, regional or remote area and are eligible to claim government patient transport assistance – we can assist you with additional accommodation support of up to $25 per night up to a maximum of $100 per stay, capped at $400 per year. 

 

Click here to download the form.

 

Email the completed form, along with evidence of your patient transport assistance scheme application, to services@cfqld.org.au by the first Wednesday in December.

 

Please be sure to access your government patient transport assistance schemes first, such as the QLD Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme, the NT Patient Assistance Travel Scheme  or the NSW Isolated Patients Transport and Accommodation Assistance Scheme.

Cleaning Subsidy

We occasionally receive grants to provide Cleaning to our members.  All members will be notified of Cleaning opportunities. 

Equipment

Nebulisers

Equipment is regularly funded by grants.  Members are entitles to receive a nebuliser every three years, subject to grant funding.  Before you register your interest with services@cfqld.org.au, please speak with your clinician about product suitability.

Innospire Go Replacement Heads

We purchase our Innospire Go Nebulisers from Breathe21Healthcare.  If you need additional heads please contact them for pricing. 

Spirometers

Equipment is regularly funded by grants. Members are entitled to receive a spirometer grant every three years, subject to funding. Before you register your interest with services@cfqld.org.au, please speak with your clinician about product suitability. 

Hospital airway clearance equipment

Cystic Fibrosis Queensland provides free respiratory equipment to people living with cystic fibrosis who are ineligible for MASS (medical aids subsidy scheme) through the cystic fibrosis hospital clinic physiotherapists. The items purchased by hospitals under this scheme have all been distributed by the physiotherapist to the cystic fibrosis community. Cystic Fibrosis Queensland has a number of airway clearance items in stock for members who are not covered by MASS, please speak to you hospital physiotherapist to obtain a referral for these items. Your physiotherapist will need to complete one of the following forms and forward it to services@cfqld.org.au.

Links to forms:

 

If you have any questions, pleases don’t hesitate to contact 07 3359 8000 or email services@cfqld.org.au.

 

Equipment loans

Eight portable oxygen concentrators are available to loan our members who require this support.  Please email services@cfqld.org.au if you need to borrow an oxygen concentrator. 

Trampolines

Exercise disguised as play! We regularly receive grants to provide our young members with a trampoline for physical exercise. Please email services@cfqld.org.au if you would like to add your child’s name to the trampoline waitlist. 

 

 

Psychosocial

Boredom Buster Bags

Weekly Boredom Buster Bags are delivered to Queensland Children’s Hospital cystic fibrosis service. Email services@cfqld.org.au to request a bag. Include your child’s age and gender. With notice, bags can be posted to other hospitals for children in rural, regional and remote areas.

Little Day Out

Our Little Day Out program is a program to encourage cystic fibrosis members to spend time with family and carers in a non-clinical environment. We regularly receive grants to provide Little Day Out's to our members.  All members will be notified of Little Day Out opportunities. 

 

Mental Health

To help members overcome their sense of isolation and improve their psychosocial well-being, mental health training and education is critical. We occasionally receive funding to provide Mental Health Training for our members.  All members will be notified of Mental Health Training opportunities.  If you would like to put your name on a wait list please email services@cfqld.org.au and express your interest. 

Grants

 

​Cystic Fibrosis Queensland applies for a number of grants throughout the year, please contact  services@cfqld.org.au to find out if there are any grants currently available. All grants can be claimed by filling out the subsidy claim form and returning it to services@cfqld.org.au.

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Education

Newly Diagnosed Support

Information is critical when your child is first diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and for the first 12 months of their life. Your hospital will provide you with a prepared Cystic Fibrosis Queensland information pack which also contains our membership form.

Click here to download your copy of the Newly Diagnosed Information for parents.

​​School Support

We respond to referrals from schools requesting assistance with cystic fibrosis related issues. We use the CFSmart program to inform teachers who are preparing for the first time to have a child with cystic fibrosis in their class.  If you would like us to visit your school please email services@cfqld.org.au with your schools preferred dates and times and we will aim to accommodate your request. 

Teachers are encouraged to complete the e-learning modules. Each module is worth one professional development point, is free to undertake and takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. The modules and more information on CFSmart can be found here

Advocacy

 

​Cystic Fibrosis Queensland is able to provide individual level advocacy with external organisations when a client is not able to achieve their desired outcome.  Please email services@cfqld.org.au if you need assistance.

 

​​Additional Resources

 

 

Bodytrack Exercise Physiology

Bodytrack Exercise Physiology offer evidence based, individually designed exercise programs to help you manage your health conditions, find out more here. 

Bodytrack are offering our members an Initial Assessment and an Individualised Home Exercise program, either in clinic or via telehealth, for just $150. You can also see your GP and get up to five, 30 minute rebated exercise physiology sessions under Medicare, give Bodytrack a call to find out more. 

Experience the benefit of exercise as medicine, with this video, created especially for our cystic fibrosis members. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EPIC Assist

EPIC Assist has been helping people with disability and chronic illness find and maintain work for almost 30 years. The supportive team at EPIC Assist will work with you to find a part time or casual position that accommodates your physical and health needs. 

When you start employment, they remain in touch and continue supporting you as you transition.
 

EPIC Assist not only helps you find employment, but also offers training to help job seekers re-skill for the workforce. EPIC Education Assist delivers nationally recognised courses for people with disability, individuals supporting people with disability, and those entering the disability sector. They also provide workshops to businesses interested in increasing their workplace diversity. EPIC Assist works closely with students to help them attain their qualifications, and go on to bigger and better things. High school students and adults who are completing traineeships, apprenticeships, and accredited courses can access extra study support through their partner organisation, Planning 4 Life.
 

If you need to change employment due to your health or are seeking to return to work, visit epicassist.org or phone 13 EPIC (13 3742) to speak with a consultant.

HealthMatch

 

We are delighted to introduce our partnership with HealthMatch to provide our members with direct access to cystic fibrosis clinical trials.

HealthMatch is a platform that has been designed to put patients first in finding and accessing relevant clinical trials. By creating a profile and answering a few questions, you are able to find clinical trial options.

 

HealthMatch maintains an up to date list of the most active clinical trials in Australia.

You’ll be notified of future clinical trial matches as they are launched.

If you have any questions, you can reach the HealthMatch team directly at support@healthmatch.io

Find out more here

 

Better Care Market

Better Care Market are offering our members a 5% discount for their products.

To join up please click here.

TravelCard Real-Time Travel Insurance 

TravelCard Real-Time Travel Insurance are offering Cystic Fibrosis Queensland members travel insurance with less paperwork and Real-Time claims. Find out more here. 

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