Tube feeds and oral nutrition supplements are supplied at subsidised cost to people:

  • who have a serious medical condition which limits their ability to meet their nutritional requirements with normal food and drink and
  • who have been assessed by a Dietitian as requiring nutritional support.

Further reduction in the subsidised costs are available if you hold one of the following:

  • Services Australia Health Care Card
  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • DVA Concession White Card (may or may not be eligible)
  • Anyone registered for the Closing The Gap program.

Anyone with significant financial hardship may be able to apply for an additional subsidy. The subsidised supplements are NOT available to individuals who are:

  • eligible for compensation (e.g. MAIB, Workers’ Compensation or any Common Law compensation) or where compensation payment has been made that includes future nutritional support
  • receiving financial assistance from any other government-funded organisation or program (including DVA gold and orange card holders, and clients with a funding package through an aged care or home care provider if their plan includes nutrition support)
  • in residential facilities, accommodation services or private hospitals whose funding arrangements require them to provide nutrition to meet their resident’s needs
  • eligible for the NDIS if their NDIS plan allows for funds for nutritional products and services to be included.

For more information:

Department of Health

Royal Hobart Hospital: 6166 8145
Launceston General Hospital:  6777 6477
North-West Regional Hospital: 6493 6467