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Helping Yass families of children with a disability become financially savvy

Free seminar to be held in Yass to brief families on Government services and allowances

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Families with a child with a disability often face added time and financial pressures associated with regular medical and therapy appointments as well as the day-to-day demands of caring.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance is stepping in to help ensure local families caring for a child with a disability are making the most of government financial support services available.

A free parent seminar will be held in Yass on Monday 24 February, featuring a representative from the Department of Human Services which covers Centrelink and Medicare.

Mandy Muller from Cerebral Palsy Alliance said the seminar is designed to clearly explain the government allowances and schemes available to support local parents of children with a disability.

‘All families find themselves under financial pressures from time to time, and those pressures are often magnified when a child has a disability’, Mandy said.

‘Parents are also time-poor due to having to care for multiple children and attend regular and time-consuming medical and therapy services, meaning they simply don’t have the time to sit down and work out what schemes are available to them.

‘This free seminar in Yass will clearly explain what government schemes and allowances are available to support parents, and how they can best access them. ‘

Karl Jordt from the Department of Human Services will provide up-to-date information about allowances, supplements and schemes available under Centrelink and Medicare to parents and carers of children with a disability. Parents and carers will also be able to ask questions relating to different circumstances.

‘I’d encourage all parents and carers of a child with a disability living in the region to register to attend this free seminar’, Mandy said. ‘The information provided could be life-changing.’ 

Released on 7 Feb 2014