Funding for equipment
New Zealand actually has some of the best equipment funding available in the world for people with disabilities – but unless you’ve had a need for it, it’s unlikely that you are aware of this.
As an outline, you may be eligible for Ministry of Health funding for Equipment and Modification services if:
- You have a disability that will last over six months and results in a reduction of independent function to the extent that ongoing support is required and
- You are not an ACC claimant (for that disability).
Equipment can only be provided if an EMS Assessor has identified that equipment is essential for you to:
- Get around more safely in your home, or
- Remain in, or return to, your home, or
- Communicate effectively, or,
- Study full-time or do vocational training, or,
- Work full-time, or,
- Work as a volunteer,
- Be the main carer of a dependent person.
If you’re not sure or have any questions about if you are eligible for Ministry of Health funding for equipment, we suggest you contact the funding administrator that covers the area you live in:
- If you live in Auckland or Northland, contact Accessable call free 0508 001 002.
- For the rest of New Zealand, contact Enable New Zealand call free 0800 171 995.
If you need equipment due to an injury caused by an accident, you may be covered by ACC. Everyone in New Zealand has 24-hour, seven-day-a-week, no-fault comprehensive injury cover through ACC. To find out what is and isn’t covered, and what happens if you injure yourself while travelling overseas or visiting New Zealand, visit the ACC website here.
Along with the Ministry of Health and ACC funding, there are other funding sources such as the grant from Lotteries Individuals with Disabilities that can help fund mobility scooters, power chairs and manual wheelchairs. More information and applications forms for this can be found on the Community Matters government website here.