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1.1.S.133 Severe disability
For the purposes of CP (child) the definition of severe disability is physical, intellectual and/or psychiatric disability or disabilities that result in the child requiring, permanently or for an extended period, a high level of constant care to maintain comfort, sustain life, or attend to a bodily function that the child cannot manage themselves.
Act reference:SSAct section 197B Qualification-child with a severe disability or severe medical condition
Policy reference: SS Guide 126.96.36.199 Qualification for CP
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