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SWEP Communique - Lymphoedema Compression Garment Program

25 March 2019

In February 2019, SWEP released a communique advising that due to increased demand on the Lymphoedema Compression Garment Program (LCGP) we would need to waitlist applications for funding. At that time we also advised that we would send gap confirmation forms to consumers prior to placing them on the waitlist or raising an order.

A further review of our processes has now been undertaken following extensive feedback received from AT Practitioners. Effective immediately we will no longer be using or sending out gap forms for these applications. Those consumers who have already received a gap form will be notified of this change (along with their Practitioner), with their application transitioning straight to the waitlist.

SWEP Communique - Chemtronics Employment Opportunity

19 March 2019

We are trying to fill a critical role in our SWEP re-issue service at Chemtronics. This role supports OT's and Physio's prescribing complex power and manual wheelchairs.

We are seeking applications from interested practitioners who may wish to consider a 12 month role / secondment (maternity leave replacement).

SWEP Communique - New Database #28

15 March 2019
SWEP would like to advise we will be having scheduled outage on a Friday for the next fortnight.  Tonight, Friday 15th March and Friday 22nd March between 8:00 pm - 10:30pm.  

SWEP Communique - Language & Database Revisions

12 March 2019
SWEP is in the process of adopting new language to ensure our terminology is reflective of contemporary practice. Some of these changes are already in development and others are planned for in our on-line application forms and Practitioner (Prescriber) frameworks.  You will see these changes take place over the coming weeks.  These changes will occur across our website, Practitioner Portal and correspondence from SWEP via emails, letters, communiques etc.

SWEP Practitioner Communique

1 March 2019

Dear SWEP Practitioners

We have recently become aware of the below advice on the NDIA website that may be useful and below is a summary of this.

We have recently identified advice about options for practitioners and participants in relation to both the process for and enquiries about assistive technology and home modifications for NDIS participants. 

AT assessor, (practitioner) reports and quotes should be emailed direct to the relevant regional AT email inbox for Level 1 & 2 AT requests. Regional AT email inboxes addresses can be found here. Please note that SWEP can still manage Level 1 & 2 AT requests for NDIS participants, but this is entirely up to each participant.


SWEP Communique - New Database #27

28 February 2019

SWEP would like to advise we will be having scheduled outage tonight, Thursday 28th February between 8:00 pm - 10:30pm.  

If you are logged into the database, you will be logged out. Please ensure you log out prior to 8pm and save anything that you were working on.

If you have any queries you can email swepimt@bhs.org.au

SWEP Non-Customised Equipment Tender Outcome - Communique# 2

22 February 2019
As per our previous communique, SWEP is transitioning to our new 'non-customised' contracted equipment. The new items have now been loaded into our database.

We have made some changes to our picklists and catalogues based on feedback we have received, and in the interest of simplifying and streamlining this process for everyone. They are still located in the same place under 'For Prescriber, Picklist & Catalogue' on the website.  You will notice that we now have two picklists - one for contracted items and one for non-contracted items (if you select an item from this picklist you are required to provide a quote from your preferred Supplier). 

SWEP Communique - New Database #26

19 February 2019

SWEP would like to advise we will be having scheduled outage tonight, Tuesday 19th February between 8:00 pm - 10:30pm.  

If you are logged into the database, you will be logged out. Please ensure you log out prior to 8pm and save anything that you were working on. 

If you have any queries you can email swepimt@bhs.org.au

SWEP Communique: Product Recall - Convatec Products

15 February 2019
SWEP has been advised of a recall of the below listed Convatec products -

SWEP Non Customised Equipment Tender Outcome

15 February 2019
After a rigorous and robust evaluation process, SWEP is pleased to announce that the Non-Customised Equipment Tender is now complete. This has ensured that the equipment selected has been certified under the relevant Australian Standards, meets the specifications required by our consumer group and has been secured at the best value for money.

LCGP Communique - Intention to waitlist applications

12 February 2019

The State-wide Equipment Program has been administering the Lymphoedema Compression Garment Program since its transition from Mercy Health in 2017.

The program covers 40% to 60% towards the cost of compression garments for eligible consumers diagnosed with Lymphoedema.

In the past SWEP have been able to administer the program with no waitlist, but unfortunately due to the high volume of applications SWEP is receiving, as of January 2019 this will no longer be possible.

Chemtronics Employment Opportunity

11 February 2019
Dear AT Practitioners,

An exciting opportunity is available for an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist to work at Chemtronics Direct as part of the SWEP and Chemtronics partnership.

The role is 12 month, part time (30 hours per week) contract based in Thomastown.

SWEP Communique - New Database #25

7 February 2019
SWEP would like to advise we will be having scheduled outages every Friday evening for the next 4 weeks.  This is to allow for further enhancements and migration of data.

The outages will occur every Friday 8pm - 10pm.  Friday 8th February - Friday 28th February 2018.

SWEP Communique Database - Vehicle Modifications

1 February 2019
SWEP would like to thank you for your patience, as we make changes to the following category. 
From Monday 4th February, 2019, when completing an application the new categories that you will choose are listed below.

Vehicle Modifications Category
  • Vehicle Mods - Driver
  • Vehicle Mods - Other (includes Passenger & Vehicle) 
In application pre-screening the question " Are you a VicRoads assessor" has been removed. 
Changes to Prescriber Credentials have also been modified to reflect the new categories. 

If you have any queries with your credentials for Vehicle modifications please contact sue.vincent@bhs.org.au for further information.

SWEP Communique - New Database #24

1 February 2019
SWEP would like to advise we will be having a scheduled outage tonight Friday 1st of February 2019. This is to allow for further enhancements and migration of data.

SWEP Communique - New Database #23

25 January 2019
SWEP would like to advise we will be having a scheduled outage tonight Friday 25th January 2019. This is to allow for further enhancements and migration of data.

SWEP Communique Database - Vehicle Modifications

25 January 2019
SWEP would like to thank you for your patience as we make changes to the Vehicle Modifications category.  
As a result, you will be unable to select this category in the database from Friday, 25 January at 5pm.

SWEP Communique - New Database #22

11 January 2019

SWEP would like to advise we will be having a scheduled outage tonight Friday 11th January 2019. This is to allow for further enhancements and migration of data.

The outage will occur tonight, Friday 11th January 8pm - 10pm. 

SWEP Communique - New Database #22

21 December 2018
SWEP would again like to thank you for your patience as we transition to the new database. We would like to advise we will be having scheduled outage tonight.  This is to allow for further enhancements and migration of data.

The outage will occur Friday 8pm - 10pm. 

SWEP COMMUNIQUE - NDIA Applications and Orders - Update

21 December 2018

Dear Prescribers

On the 9th November we wrote to you about what SWEP was doing to address the backlog of processing the NDIS applications and raising purchase orders for those applications that we had received approval from the Agency to order. Since this time the SWEP team has worked tirelessly to ensure that we could meet our promise to you, have the backlog addressed before the Christmas break and ensure that SWEP was not contributing in any way to delays to consumers receiving their equipment.

Heat Health Newsletter November 2018

20 December 2018

Please click here for the Heat health newsletter - November 2018. The newsletter provides information about what the Department of Health and Human Services has done and is doing to prepare for 2018-2019 summer, as well as articles from their partners.

SWEP e-News for Consumers

18 December 2018
If you would like to view this news letter please click here

SWEP Communique - Confirmation of Disability

5 December 2018

We have been working very hard on improving our application process for all stakeholders, especially our Consumers and Prescribers.

Both SWEP and the Department of Health and Human Services recognise that the SWEP Prescriber Registration and Credentialing Framework ensures that Prescribing therapists have the skill and expertise required to complete the "Confirmation of Disability" section of the Eligibility form.

SWEP Communique - New Database #21

16 November 2018
SWEP would again like to thank you for your patience as we transition to the new database. We would like to advise we will be having scheduled outages every Friday evening for the next 3 weeks. This is to allow for further enhancements and migration of data.

The outages will occur every Friday 8pm - 10pm.  Friday 16th November, Friday 23rd November & Friday 30th November

SWEP COMMUNIQUE - Christmas Closure

10 November 2018
The State-wide Equipment Program (SWEP) will close over the Christmas period from 5.00 p.m. Friday, 21st December 2018 until 8.30 a.m. Wednesday, 2nd January 2019.

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