The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) is an Australian government program that assists eligible people who have permanent and severe incontinence to meet some of their continence product costs.
Eligibility for CAPS
A person is eligible for CAPS if:
They are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident and are five years of age or older and meet either one of the following requirements:
- The applicant has permanent and severe loss of bladder and/or bowel function (incontinence) due directly to an eligible neurological condition.
- The applicant has permanent and severe loss of bladder and/or bowel function (incontinence) caused by an eligible other condition, provided the applicant has a Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card entitlement.
How to apply for CAPS
To apply for CAPS, you need to complete an application form. It must include a health report completed by a health professional, for example, a continence nurse, general practitioner, medical specialist, community nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist or an Aboriginal health worker.
The completed application form must then be lodged with Medicare Australia for processing.
Application forms can be downloaded from
What sort of products can be purchased under the CAPS?
CAPS clients can purchase any continence products appropriate for their needs.
For more information on CAPS please visit www.bladderbowel.gov.au
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