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SWEP Database Outage

8 November 2019
SWEP would like to advise that we will be having a scheduled outage to our application database tonight 8pm - 10pm Friday 8th of November.

SWEP Database Outage

30 October 2019
SWEP would like to advise that we will be having a scheduled outage to our application database tonight 8pm - 10pm Wednesday 30th October.

Medical Grade Sheepskin to be added to SWEP picklist

28 October 2019

The Statewide Equipment Program (SWEP) is committed to providing consumers with access to a range of assistive technology items that are evidence based and suitable for various environments and presenting scenarios  

SWEP Communique - Updating Practitioner Organisation Details

25 October 2019

As per our communique released on the 25th of September, SWEP have partnered with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) to provide a registration and credentialing service for all Occupational Therapists (OT's) currently providing services to the TAC. 

 

As part of this service, the TAC have access to a SWEP 'geo-locator' tool that facilitates the matching of suitably qualified and skilled OT's with TAC consumers.

SWEP Communique - Independence Australia Closure - Change of Date

23 October 2019

Change of Date - Independence Australia Closure 8th Nov - 12th Nov 2019

Further to our communique released on the 15th of October, SWEP have been notified that the upgrade of Independence Australias online web store has now been delayed until November.

SWEP Communique - Supra-plus catheters update

16 October 2019

Dear Continence Practitioners,                       

On the 29th August, I wrote to you advising that SWEP was unable to fund open tip / supra-plus catheters for urethral use if this was not part of the items' TGA approval or manufacturer guidelines.

Some of you have raised concerns about how this might impact your clients who have had a lot of success with these catheters being used urethrally.

SWEP Communique - Laryngectomy Consumables Program - Online Applications

16 October 2019
SWEP is pleased to announce that applications for funding assistance through the Laryngectomy Consumables Program can now be submitted online.  As such, paper applications for this program will no longer be accepted after October 31, 2019.

SWEP Communique - Independence Australia Closure

15 October 2019

Independence Australia Closure 18th  - 22nd October 2019

Independence Australia have advised that they will be updating their online web store this month. As a result, the online store and Customer Service Centre will be closed from 4pm on Friday the 18th of October and will reopen at 8am on Tuesday the 22nd of October 2019.

SWEP Communique - Practitioner Resources

9 October 2019
SWEP is committed to supporting AT Practitioners to assist consumers with the provision of Assistive Technology. Under the ' AT Practitioners' section of the SWEP website, you will find a variety of links available to help in this area.

SWEP Communique - Database Outage

8 October 2019

SWEP would like to advise that we will be having a scheduled outage to our application database which will be from close of business 5pm Friday 11th October until Monday 14th October at 8 am. 

The database cannot be accessed during this time. If you are logged into the database, you will be logged out.  Please ensure you log out prior to 5pm and save anything that you were working on.

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

Performance Report Card September 2019

1 October 2019
We have collated the data for September 2019 and presented the achievements of each program for this month. Every month we will provide information about each program.

Announcement of Partnership with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC)

25 September 2019

What's happening?

SWEP is excited to announce that the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has chosen to partner with SWEP to provide a registration and credentialing service for all Occupational Therapists (OT's) currently providing services to the TAC. 



SWEP Communique: Product Recalls

24 September 2019

SWEP has been advised of a recall of the below listed items

SWEP Communique - Home Modifications process changes

13 September 2019
Following on from our previous communique SWEP update regarding review of the Home Modifications Panel, SWEP would like to update you on the current requirements for applying for funding assistance through the Victorian Aids & Equipment Program (VA&EP) for the home modifications subsidy. 

As of July 1 2019, consumers are able to select their preferred registered builder/tradesperson.  SWEP may check their Victoria Building Authority (VBA) registration. 

SWEP Communique - Open tip/Supra-plus Catheters

29 August 2019

Dear Continence Practitioners,                       

SWEP has recently become aware that some practitioners may be using and requesting open tip / supra-plus catheters for urethral use. 

It is our understanding as per the TGA and manufacturer instructions that these types of catheters should only be used for supra-pubic purposes. 

SWEP Communique - Mobility scooter related injuries and deaths

29 August 2019
Dear AT Practitioners,

To support you in safe quality practice, SWEP would like to highlight a recent report on "Mobility scooter related injuries and deaths" published in May 2019 by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, available here.

While the benefits of scooters for mobility and quality of life are well documented, this report offers an evidence-based review of mobility scooter related injuries and deaths. It includes data relating to pedestrian injury and collision, as well as falls from a mobility scooter that required hospital admission.

SWEP AT Practitioner Communique

15 August 2019
SWEP AT Practitioner Communique  - Update re SWEP teams and email addresses

You may have recently noticed that SWEP has made some changes to our internal team structure. We have streamlined our phone queues and our email public folders. Please find below a list of the phone options & the relevant email address for each team. 

SWEP Communique - Repairs & Maintenance of Assistive Technology & Access to Victorian Aids & Equipment Program (VA&EP) Funding for Consumers Under 65 Years of Age

9 August 2019

Dear AT Practitioners & Consumers,

We would like to provide some clarification around the current repairs process for consumers under 65 years of age which follows on from our previous communique about funding for these consumers under the VA&EP. 

  • If a consumer is yet to apply, yet to be accepted and/or is waiting on their initial planning meeting with the NDIS, SWEP will continue to provide funding for repairs and maintenance through the VA&EP.
  •  If a consumer has an NDIS participant number, does not have an active plan, nor had their eligibility for the NDIS confirmed, it is important for the consumer to contact the NDIS to expedite this. In the interim, SWEP will continue to provide funding for repairs and maintenance through the VA&EP.
  • If a participant has an active plan, but insufficient funds to cover the cost of the repair, SWEP has a Working Arrangement with the NDIS to ensure that these people remain supported. What this means is that SWEP will undertake the repair (up to a maximum of $3,000 per repair) and claim the costs through the NDIS. It is important to note that the participant will still be responsible for requesting a plan review to ensure enough funding is allocated in the future for repairs.

Performance Report Card August 2019

2 August 2019
We have collated the data for August 2019 and presented the achievements of each program for this month. Every month we will provide information about each program.

Access to VA&EP Funding for Consumers Under 65 Years of Age

31 July 2019

Thank you to everyone who has sought feedback from the State-wide Equipment Program (SWEP) in recent months regarding funding for Assistive Technology (AT) items for consumer's who are under 65 years of age.

As a result of this feedback, SWEP has liaised with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to determine how we ensure that Victorian Government funds are only used to support eligible consumers. It is important to understand that consumers who can access funding for AT from other government programs such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are not eligible to access support for AT from the Victorian Aids and Equipment Program (VA&EP). In addition, consumers who can access funding from their private health insurer or from compensation, legal settlements or court awards for AT need to discuss their eligibility with SWEP.

SWEP Communique - NDIS Assistive Technology (AT) Working Arrangements Update

16 July 2019
Dear AT Practitioners,
 
As detailed in a recently released communique, the way NDIS applications are processed has now changed and all new AT requests for NDIS participants should now be lodged directly with the NDIS.
The ability to lodge AT applications for NDIS participants within the SWEP portal has subsequently been disabled, along with the ability to submit any applications that may still be sitting in a 'draft'  status.

SWEP Communique - Database Outage

10 July 2019

SWEP would like to advise we will be having scheduled outage on, Friday 12th July 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 - Bed stick update

9 July 2019
Update to the SWEP funding of Bed sticks

SWEP acknowledges that there are risks related to the use of single point sticks, or bed sticks without a ball top.
As a result, SWEP will no longer be providing subsidy funding for certain bed sticks.

Please click here to see the bed sticks that are and are not available

SWEP Communique - Bed stick update

9 July 2019

Update to the SWEP funding of Bed sticks

 
SWEP acknowledges that there are risks related to the use of single point sticks, or bed sticks without a ball top.
As a result, SWEP will no longer be providing subsidy funding for certain bed sticks.
 
Please click here to see the bed sticks that are and are not available.

Performance Report Card July 2019

2 July 2019
We have collated the data for July 2019 and presented the achievements of each program for this month. Every month we will provide information about each program.

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