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For Prescribers

SWEP endorses the use of a client centred approach to all assessment and equipment prescription. It is assumed that prior to approaching SWEP, the prescriber has undertaken a client centred assessment which has indicated that assistive technology may help in optimising client outcomes.

Clinicians must have the stipulated professional qualification to prescribe different types of assistive technology. These items are listed in the following programs:
N.B. The links below lead to client-centred program pages and only give a brief overview of the types of equipment available. For more details, please see the Picklist and Catalogue section.

What is the SWEP Registration system?

All allied health, nursing, and domiciliary oxygen prescribers must be registered with SWEP in order to have prescriptions accepted and acted upon. Prescribers will be registered as individuals and not as organisations.

All SWEP prescribers will be allocated a traffic light colour which relates to the level of recognition SWEP gives to their experience and further education.

A "Green" therapist can prescribe commonly used equipment for clients considered as non-complex.
An "Amber" therapist will have a higher level of expertise and education. The equipment they can prescribe and clients they can prescribe for are more complex.
A "Red" therapist is recognised as an expert in their field. Prescriptions requiring the expertise of these therapists will be the most complicated, and the clients the most complex.


How do I register with SWEP?

You can submit your application through the prescriber registration form.

Threshold Credentials for prescribing in assistive technology categories

AT category

Current threshold credentials required for prescribers

AT 1. Beds, mattresses, accessories

  • Adults (BA)
  • Children (BC)
  • Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Registered Physiotherapist

AT 2 & 3. Continence products

  • Adults (CA)
  • Children (CC)
  • Registered Nurse (Division 1)
  • Graduate certificate in Continence and/or urological nursing OR
  • Employed as a Continence Nurse Advisor (CNA) or Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) (Continence) or Urology Nurse

AT 4. Environmental control units

  • Adults (EA)
  • Children (EC)
  •  Registered Occupational Therapist

AT 5. Electronic voice aids and voice prostheses

  • Adults (VA)
  • Children (VC)
does NOT include electronic communication devices, voice output communication software and related mounts or switches needed to access an ECD
  • Speech Pathologist eligible for membership of Speech Pathology Australia

AT 6. Home modifications

  •  Adults (HA) and children (HC)
  • Registered Occupational Therapist

AT 7. Orthoses

  • Adults (OA)
  • Children (OC)
  • Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Registered Physiotherapist
  • Registered Podiatrist
  • Orthotist/Prosthetist with full membership of AOPA

AT 8 & 9. Specialised bathing and toileting

  • Adults (SA)
  • Children (SC)
  • includes hydraulic change tables ( SAEAS)
  • Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Registered Physiotherapist (excludes some items)

 AT 10 & 11. Specialised seating

  • Adults (TA)
  • Children (TC)
  • Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Registered Physiotherapist

AT 12 & 13. Transfers, hoists and slings

  • Adults (ZA)
  • Children (ZC)
  • Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Registered Physiotherapist

AT 14 & 15. Vehicle Modification

  • Driver (AA)
  • Passenger (UA)
  • Registered Occupational Therapist (AA and UA) AND
  • Vic Roads Accredited OT - Driver Assessor (AA)

AT 16 & 17. Walking aids

  • Adults (WA)
  • Children (WC)
  • Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Registered Physiotherapist

AT 18. Wheelchair, scooter and pressure cushion ( and stroller XC)

  • Adults (XA)
  • Children (XC)
  • Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Registered Physiotherapist

AT 19. Personal use items (includes safety helmets and portable ramps)

  • Adults (PA)
  • Children (PC)
  •  Registered Occupational Therapist

AT 20. Lymphoedema

o    Adults
o    Children
  • Registered Occupational Therapist OR
  • Registered Physiotherapist OR
  • Registered Nurse (Division 1) OR
AND
  • Minimum Level 1 Lymphology course, ALA or equivalent and registered as a Category 1 practitioner with the ALA

AT 21 & 22. Oxygen Prescribers

  • Specialist respiratory and sleep medicine physician
  • Specialist paediatrician / specialist neonatologist
  • Specialist palliative medicine physician
  • Specialist medical oncologist
  • Specialist cardiologist
  • Specialist general physician with respiratory interest 

How do I submit an application?

Once the assessment is completed, you will need to submit the application electronically through the steps listed below.

If you have not utilised SWEP before you will first need to click here to register if you need to submit an application. When you register you can update your prescriber access level by clicking 'My prescriber level' and then 'Apply for higher level' in the relevant equipment categories.

To submit an application:
  • Log in using your email address and password
  • Click 'Submit new form'
  • Choose the appropriate equipment category
  • Fill in the form with your client's details
  • Submit your application (N.B. If you are a lower level prescriber prescribing higher level Assistive Technology a higher level prescriber will need to co-sign your application.)
  • Should you need to access your application, click 'My forms' in your account (you can also search for your submitted application though the 'Find submitted application' function if you know the file number), click the application you need and then click 'Download form'.

Useful Prescriber Links

 

Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights

The Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights describes the rights of people using the Australian healthcare system. In the SWEP context, a person's healthcare provider is the prescriber who assessed their needs and made an application for equipment to SWEP.

Healthcare providers must discuss rights and responsibilities under the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights with their clients. You can download a summary of the Charter using the links below. You can find out more about the Charter at https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/participation-and-communication/australian-charter-healthcare-rights/about-the-charter.

Link to Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights - Summary

Link to Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights - Easy English

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