Carers SA Australia

Carers SA Australia provide carer support, information, advice, training, respite and counselling to families and friends caring for someone with a disability, aged care, ongoing illness, mental illness and young carers.

Carers SA consult with carers and work closely with government and other support organisations to improve the lives of caring families throughout South Australia.


Common Ground - Dental

Common Ground provide free dental for those who meet the criteria.


Alcohol & Drug Counselling Online

ADIS provide a confidential telephone counselling, information and referral service.

This service can help with information concerning alcohol and drug related problems for yourself, a friend or family member, or a patient or client.

ADIS telephone counselling 1300 13 1340 is available 8:30pm to 10pm - 7 days per week for SA Callers Only, the online counselling service is available 24/7.


Ambulance Cover

Ambulance costs are not covered by Medicare and even if you have private health insurance, your policy may not cover the cost of an ambulance.

SA Ambulance cover includes all ambulance attendance within South Australia, with interstate coverage available for an additional amount.

For further details call the customer service centre on 1300 13 62 72 or visit the website link provided.


Australian Government Private Health Insurance Rebate

The private health insurance rebate assist with the cost of private health premiums. The rebate is income tested, income thresholds are indexed regularly and can be claimed through a reduced premium or through your tax return with the Australian Tax Office.

The rebate applies to Hospital, general treatment and ambulance policies. It does not apply to overseas visitors cover.


Continence Foundation of Australia

The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) is an Australian Government Scheme that provides a payment to eligible people to assist with the costs of their continence products.

If you have permanent and severe incontinence and you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident 5 years of age or older you may be eligible for CAPS. The application form can be downloaded by following the link provided.

For more information, referral services, and advice about continence products from a professional continence nurse contact the National Continence Helpline 1800 330 066.


Dental Fee Adjustment - SA Dental

SA Dental has established a process whereby people experiencing financial hardship can have either their full or part co-payment fee adjusted.

For the purposes of establishing Financial Hardship you need to contact a Financial Counselor who will do a further assessment with you to determine your capacity to pay.

For assistance in this matter and for more information call National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007.

For a list of eligible service providers, please visit the website link below.


Do I Need Health Insurance?

Private Health Insurance is a decision made according to cost or what we can afford and what is best for you and your family’s health. It is a substantial chunk of a family budget and nobody wants to make a choice that could cost them too much or not provide the right cover they will use. Unfortunately health cover usually increases significantly each year. Cost of living pressures mean many more people are considering if they can afford to pay premiums or whether they need to utilise the public system.

How do we make the right choice in signing up for a health fund or not? CHOISE has released a simple guide to help. CHOICE is a consumer advocate that provides Australians with information and advice, free from commercial bias. This survey asks a few simple questions and gives you an answer based on strictly financial outcomes concerning the surcharge the Government imposes. There are assumed variables and carefully worded disclaimers and it should not be taken as a complete and absolute guide but it offers some good tipsas well. Whilst many would welcome a definitive yes or no, it really depends on preference as it does not consider that many people want some control of what, when and who they can use for treatment, particularly for elective surgery.

CHOICE is the consumer advocate that provides Australians with information and advice, free from commercial bias.


Essential Medical Equipment Payment

A yearly payment to help with the additional costs of running essential medical equipment.

To be eligible you must have a Commonwealth concession card or a Department of Veterans' Affairs card and provide proof that the specified equipment, or heating or cooling is medically required.

For more information on your eligibility please refer to concession finder link and contact ConcessionsSA Hotline 1800 307 758.