Medicare Cleft Scheme

The Australian Government supports treatment for costs associated with cleft lip and palate. Your medical or dental practitioner now certifies your child is eligible to receive treatment under the Medicare scheme. Individuals must be enrolled with Medicare and certified as eligible prior to the age of 22 (due to having cleft lip, cleft palate or a related condition). Treatment is supported up to the age of 28 years. Details about the Medicare Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate scheme are available through Department of Human Services, Cleft Lip and Palate Scheme or from your cleft clinic.

CleftPALS Vic acknowledges with thanks the work of Founding President Joel Solomon OAM and others in the establishment of this scheme, which benefits many in our community.

Royal Children’s Hospital Cleft Service (Melbourne)

Cleft Clinical Nurse Consultant

Pru Talbot (Tues, Weds, Fri)

Tel: 03 9345 6595
Profile of staff at RCH Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery Group including contact details

Monash Medical Centre

Cleft Care Coordinator

Tamara Bolam

Tel. 03 8572 3833
Mob. 0400 822 351
Monash Children's Hospital Cleft and Facial Anomalies Service

SA Women's and Children's Hospital

Australian Craniofacial Unit

T. 08 8161 7235
F. 08 8161 7080

Information about the Craniofacial Unit here

Flinders Medical Centre

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Head of Unit – Dr Nicola Dean
T: 08 8204 5213
F: 08 8204 3031

Information about Flinders Medical Centre Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Unit

Royal Hobart Hospital


Tel: (03) 6222 8636

Specialist Clinic

Mr Frank Kimble

Tel: (03) 6214 3585

Launceston General Hospital


Tel: (03) 6438 7111

Plastic Surgeon

Dr Robert Boyle

Royal Women’s Hospital (Melbourne) Breastfeeding Education & Support Service

Information about services and support

Tel: (03) 8345 2400


Tel: (03) 9076 1570