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To ensure that children and young people in OOHC are able to have their health needs met it is a requirement that they have a Medicare number to access services funded by Medicare.
The child or young person will often be linked to their birth parent’s Medicare card number which the DCJ worker can obtain.
It is important to understand when the child or young person’s existing Medicare card number should be obtained and when to apply for a new card.
Medicare will only liaise with DCJ on issues relating to Medicare numbers for children and young people in OOHC. This means that only DCJ workers can apply to obtain an existing Medicare number or brand new Medicare number and card.
In some circumstances a child or young person in the care responsibility of the Secretary will not have an existing Medicare number. This is often the case for new born babies who have not been linked to their birth parent’s card.
In these circumstances the DCJ worker should engage with the birth parents to ensure that they have enrolled their child for Medicare. When the Medicare number becomes available it should be provided to the carer as soon as possible.
A new Medicare number and physical card can be obtained by following the enrolment procedure on Casework Practice see – Medicare numbers and cards:
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medicare enrolment and amendment form can be used to enrol an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child in Medicare if the worker does not have a copy of the child or young person’s birth certificate. The DCJ worker can act as a referee for the child and verify their identity on the form. It is not necessary to obtain the birth parent’s signature to submit this form.
Process to follow if the Medicare card is lost or stolen:
A record should be kept of the child or young person’s Medicare number. The DCJ worker may choose to keep the card and provide the carer with the number only, or provide the card to the carer depending on the procedure of their Community Service Centre. If the card is lost or stolen a new card can be obtained by providing Medicare with the original number.
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23 Feb 2023
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.