Services we pay for
Our purpose is to help support workers with dust diseases. We do this in partnership with service providers like you.
Service providers include:
- medical practitioners
- allied healthcare professionals
- other service providers, including equipment providers and lawn mowing services
We will only pay for services that we accept as reasonably necessary and related to our client's dust disease.
If you or your client are unsure of whether we have or will approve payment for a service, please contact us on (02) 8223 6600.
What we will pay for
We can consider the following:
- medical treatments and related expenses - like hospital visits and mobility devices
- travel expenses to help your client get to their medical appointments
- home modifications - like ramps for wheelchairs
Medical treatments and related expenses
This can include:
- doctor's visits and medication, including home-based oxygen and nebulisers
- ambulance services to transport the worker to a doctor or hospital because of their dust disease
- treatment for their dust disease in a hospital or nursing home, or in a palliative care or rehabilitation centre
- therapeutic treatments like exercise and massage
- respite care (out of home) or rehabilitation centre admissions
- wheelchairs and other mobility aids - like walking frames or motorised scooters
- therapeutic needs - like reclining chairs, beds, pressure relief cushions, and shower chairs
Your client may be entitled to the cost of travelling to attend their medical appointment. If they are employed, any lost wages as a result of taking time off work to attend their medical appointment can also be covered by us.
We can only pay for minor home modifications required to help your client manage their dust disease. These can include:
- hand rails for easy access to the bath and shower
- access ramps to your client's house if you use a wheelchair or scooter
Any modifications will require a recommendation from their doctor and a report from an occupational therapist stating why the modifications are necessary.
Please contact us for more information.
Things we do not pay for
The DDC will not pay for:
- treatment or medical costs that are related to another disease or condition
- payment of the Federal Government Accommodation Bond to enter a nursing home
- cataract surgery, spectacles and other seeing aids
- food (including organic food), vitamins or dietary supplements (unless prescribed as part of a treatment regime)
- medical treatment or medicines received while visiting or living overseas
These fact sheets contain extra information:
- Alternate therapies fact sheet
- Domestic assistance fact sheet
- Equipment fact sheet
- Nursing care fact sheet
The benefits payable to the worker are prescribed by NSW workers compensation legislation.