Independence Australia appointed to lead $12 million National Epidermolysis Bullosa Dressing Scheme (NEBDS)

Independence Australia will deliver the $12 million National Epidermolysis Bullosa Dressing Scheme (NEBDS) from 1 July 2018.

The social enterprise will be leading the scheme for the next three years, on behalf of the Commonwealth Department of Health, following its recent successful tender bid.

Independence Australia Chief Executive, Peter Turner said “We are proud to be managing the NEBDS Scheme on behalf of the Department of Health, given it aligns closely with our own core purpose to provide choices for people living with a disability or other personal needs, supporting them to regain and retain their independence.”

An estimated 1,000 Australians live with some form of Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), with more than 500,000 people living with the condition worldwide.

The rare genetic disease causes skin to blister and peel, requiring skin to be bandaged every day with dressings to protect and medicate wounds.

Mr Turner added that “As part of our role, we will be providing much needed assistance to people living with EB and their families. This includes access to a range of advanced wound care dressings and bandages that help reduce infections and complications minimising the need for hospitalisation”.

“We look forward to working collaboratively with the EB community and ensuring customers receive the support that they need”, Mr Turner said.

Independence Australia will work with the current administrator of the NEBDS to ensure a smooth transition to the new administration arrangements for all stakeholders.