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State-wide Equipment Program

The State-Wide Equipment Program (SWEP) is seeking volunteers to share their voice in shaping our services.  SWEP wants to hear what you think - your voice helps to make sure that our services are right for the community.  

The State-wide Equipment Program (SWEP) is a sub-division of Ballarat Health Services (BHS) which oversees a number of different assistive technology programs. SWEP provides Victorian people who either have a permanent or long-term disability or are frail aged with subsidised assistive technology (AT) items, home and vehicle modifications to enhance their independence and facilitate community participation.   BHS and SWEP is also registered with the National Disability Insurance Scheme as a provider of a broad range of Assistive Technology and Equipment Repairs.  For further information about our services please refer to website  https://swep.bhs.org.au/for-individuals.php

The voice of consumers (including service users and representatives from 'like-minded' organisations and advocacy groups) helps SWEP to be more responsive and shape our service delivery model.  We have developed a draft Terms of Reference for this group for discussion at the first meeting.  

By joining our Consumer Representative group you can help in many ways which could include: 

  • expressing your views on particular issues that SWEP wants to find out more about t
  • taking part in short focus groups about an issue or services - this is like a roundtable discussion 
  • being a member of a working group related to projects and service expansions 
  • learning how we respond to consumer feedback and sharing your ideas for improvement  
  • sharing your ideas and experiences as a consumer/carer 
  • helping us to develop consumer information and tools in language that is easily understood by our target audience

 

SWEP understands that you will choose how you wish to contribute - you may not wish to contribute to all projects.  Sometimes your participation might be via email and other times it might be an ongoing commitment to be part of a SWEP Committee, or attending a meeting either in person or via tele/video conference. 

Your participation as a Member of the SWEP Consumer Advisory Committee is a voluntary commitment however, you will be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses such as transport/parking for participation in activities.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our Consumer Advisory Committee, we look forward to hearing from you.   

Please contact Hana Hey, SWEP Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator to express your interest - ph:  5333 8153 or email Hana.Hey@bhs.org.au

Expressions of interest close on Wednesday 31st October 2019.

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