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What Services Does CFT Offer?

Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania (CFT) provides a range of programs to our members whose lives have been impacted by CF. We understand that CF is a physically, emotionally and financially draining condition. Our services have been developed to meet our members needs and to provide support where we can.  

Our annual Member Survey is a useful tool for CFT  for ensuring that we understand the needs of our members, and can plan appropriately for future services ,should we be in a financial position to expand the programs we offer in the future.

To be eligible for any of the services that CFT offers you must be a current financial member of the Association - and maintain that membership.   Other eligiblity criteria are outlined in the information for each program or service.  It is recommended that you reach the policy before filling out your application for any of our programs to ensure you are eligible.    

Please note that CFT runs on a calendar financial year (1 January to 31 December) and so annual limits for services are within those dates.    Any un-used benefits cannot be carried over to the following year, and allowances will re-set annually on 1 January. 

We are also happy to receive feedback on any services that we don't currently offer that you would like.  Please don't hesitate to contact our Executive Officer by email by clicking here to share your thoughts on what would be useful to you.


The nebulisers and other airway clearance devices that are given to you at your CF Clinic appointments have been purchased by CFT.   They are on loan to you, free of charge, provided you always remain a financial member.  When you are provided with your device you will receive an information sheet along with it. This will outline your responsibilities about keeping it in good order.  CFT can spend up to $40,000 pa on this equipment so it is a major investment.  We ask that you do everything you can to ensure it is well looked after and in good working order.  

If you have any problems with your airway clearance device please always contact your CF Clinic directly.   The health professionals are best placed to give you any advice on its use.  You should also contact them if you believe you need a new device or replacement part.  

If you require other medical equipment as part of maintaining your health we assess these applications on a case by case basis.  Please fill in the application form  here.

We understand that living with CF can be emotionally draining -  for both the person who has it, and their loved ones.  Talking to someone about it can help you work through the many feelings you may be experiencing.  Our Members are able to access private and confidential counselling from an experienced and qualified psychologist of their own choice at no cost.   This service is offered to anyone with CF and their immediate family.  For more information  please click here  

To apply please fill out the application form here, follow the steps outlined in it and email it back to us. 

CFT offers a range of different financial assistance to meet various needs and these are listed below.  Eligibility varies between policies so please read each policy before applying. 

Special Financial Assistance:

For cases of severe hardship or special circumstances (eg remote location or surgery interstate).
Download the policy here.   To make an application please click here.

Hospital Assistance

CFT provides financial assistance (currently $100 per stay) to members who are in hospital for 4 or more consecutive nights.  This is to offset some of the additional costs of hospitalisation - coffee, parking, additional phone data etc.   
Download the policy here.   To make an application please click here

Transplant Assistance

As organ transplants are not undertaken within Tasmania CFT provides financial assistance for members undergoing transplants interstate.   The current payment is $1500 per transplant.  We recommend that when you are in the process of being listed for transplant that you submit an application, which we will then keep on file until you receive your transplant.   To make an application please click here

Regular exercise is excellent for not only general health, but can assist with airway clearance, increasing bone density and building muscle tone in people living with CF.   CFT understands that the annual cost of a gym membership can put this option out of reach for many people with CF due to the many costs they have associated with the condition. 

Members can apply for a subsidy of $750 per year towards their personal gym membership.  Before you make an application, please check your eligibility by reading the policy here.  To make an application please click here. 

We recognise that not everyone has access to a gym near to their home, or may not feel comfortable in a gym environment. But we also know that buying equipment to maintain your fitness can be expensive.  Under this policy we provide a contribution towards the cost of something of your choice - whether it be traditional gym equipment to use at home such as a treadmill or exercise bike, an outdoor bike or even a trampoline.  CFT will provide up to 50% of a piece of equipment of your choice - up to $750 per eligible member.    For a copy of the policy please click here.  For the application form please click here

CFT promotes people living with CF to live an active lifestyle to assist in keeping their airways clear of mucus.  However we appreciate that sports registration fees can be a huge cost.   To assist, CFT will pay up to $300 per member per year towards the cost of registration fees for recognised sporting activities.  These may include (but are not limited to) athletics, gymnastics, team sports such as basketball, soccer, netball or football or swimming.   

For more information on elgibility please read the CF Sports policy here.   To make an application, please download the registration form here.    After the form has been completed you can email it by clicking here

CFT recognises that there are many services and activities that can contribute to the physical and emotional well being of people with CF.  So we have developed a program of financial support through subsidies for a range of items or activities that encourage a more physically active community and improvements in mental health. 

Under this program requests will be assessed on a case by case basis but the sorts of things may include funding for:

  • Self help books;
  • Sports clothing (eg gym shoes, sports uniforms or other sporting clothing);
  • Life or career coaching;
  • Equine therapy;
  • Remedial massage;
  • Reflexology
  • Mediation courses;
  • Pilates or Yoga classes. 

    You are advised to read the policy here before submitting your application.  The application form can be found here.    The subsidy is currently up to $250 every year for each eligible member with CF - Adults and Children.    

Little Day Out:

Little Day Out is a program for children and young adults aged up to 21 (or 25 years if still living at home).  Designed to provide a fun family activity, Little Day Out offers vouchers up to the value of $150pa for the eligible member to share with their loved ones, and chosen by them.    Only limited by your imagination, popular choices in the past have been restaurant, accommodation or travel vouchers, movie tickets, theme park tickets, or stage shows.  Eligible members can apply for one Little Day Out per year.   Please remember that CFT operates on a calender financial year - so your entitlements will "reset" on 1 January each year. 

For more detail about this program click here for an information pack.   For a copy of the application form please click here. 

The Little Day Out was established thanks to the fundraising efforts of the staff of Myer Hobart, with funds matched by the Myer Community Fund.  It has proven popular with members and was recently replicated by Cystic Fibrosis South Australia for their members.  

Parent Events: 

CFT understands that living with CF, or having a family member who has the condition, can be isolating.  Unfortunately due to the risks associated with cross infection we are unable to have get togethers of members who live with CF.   From time to time CFT runs parent events to break down some of the isolation that parents of children with CF can feel. The activities could include a Mum's lunch or high tea or a Dad's Golf Day. The events will be advertised to members in the area in which they are held.  If you haven't been invited to one, or  have an idea for one, please email us here. 

CFT Mini Conference:

CFT is currently investigating the use of technology such as webinars to run information sessions for members with CF and their families. Holding information sessions like this will enable the issues of cross infection of people with CF to be overcome - i.e. multiple people with CF will be able to be involved without the worry of cross infection with new bacteria.  More information will be provided to members several months ahead of the planned sessions.  

National Conference Attendance:

As the imapct of the pandemic continues to be felt, national conferences have moved to digital.  Moving forward CFT will consider financial assistance for members to take part in these.    The next conference is to be held in 2023.  

Information about CF:

CFT has a range of printed fact sheets and resource packs about different topics that may be of use to you or someone you know.  Topics currently include CF Smart (a resource for early childhood educators and schools), CF Cooking (recipes and nutritional information) and CF Fit (personal training and fitness information).   We can also supply a range of posters, brochure and bookmarks about the importance of handwashing.    Please contact the CFT office for copies of any of these to be sent to you.  Many of them can also be accessed on our website. 

Aaron Mackrill Memorial Scholarship 

Named after CFT's former President, these scholarships are offered to any member with CF wishing to undertake post compulsory education or training.   This can take place at a University, TAFE college or other nationally recognised Registered Training Organisation.  

Aaron Mackrill was President of CFT and the 2007 Tasmanian Young Achiever of the Year.  Just prior to his death in April 2010 Aaron asked for a scholarship program to be established in his name, in lieu of flowers.  Along with donations following his passing, the Scholarship program became a reality with a $5,000 grant from the MyState Foundation.   

Scholarships are valued at up to $1500 for full time study and are paid in annual instalments to recipients. 

Download an information pack here   To apply please download the application form here. 

If you have a question and need some information, but aren't sure where to go to get help, we are always happy to chat to you individually.  A quick phone call to our Executive Officer can offer be useful in accessing resources or programs that you weren't sure about.  Alternatively, send us an email here

CFT can also provide advice and advocacy for members with external organisations when a member is not able to achieve their desired outcome.

CFT operates on a calendar financial year (1 January to 31 December).  To access the most recent Annual Report please click here. 

CFT e-News is a regular electronic newsletter sent to members and supporters on our mailing list.  It contains inofmration about CFT activities, member services, research updates and health tips.  

To sign up to CFT e-News click here.