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Support Scheme for People with Incontinence

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People living with incontinence are set to benefit from a new management and support service introduced this month by the State Government.

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The Department of Health and the Disability Services Commission will jointly coordinate the Continence Management and Advice Scheme, which will cost $18.1 million over the next four years. Executive Director of Health Policy and Clinical Reform Dr Simon Towler said the scheme would provide community-based management and advice to thousands of Western Australians.

"A professional continence advisor will clinically assess each client and develop an individual plan around that person's needs," he said. "Seniors or adults who are health care or pension card holders and currently ineligible under other schemes will receive expert care, support and education on how best to manage their symptoms.

"Clients who are eligible may also receive a product subsidy of up to $470 a year and prescribed products will be delivered to their home." Silver Chain Nursing Association (SCNA) has been awarded the contract to provide the service.