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SWEP Communique - Lymphoedema Compression Garment Program (LCGP)

1 September 2017

Dear Prescribers,

As always thank you all for your valuable feedback during the transition to online submission of applications for the Lymphoedema Compression Garment Program (LCGP).

As we previously mentioned in our last communique all applications must be submitted via our website from the 1st of September 2017. As from today we will no longer accept any applications lodged by mail, email or fax.

SWEP Communique - Orthotic Quote Template Update

1 September 2017
Dear Prescribers,

I would like to thank everyone who provided feedback following the release of the orthotic quotation template. Some further updates have been made to meet your requirements. The updated version and be found here.

SWEP Prescriber Communique - Home Modifications Update

30 August 2017

Dear Prescribers,

I am pleased to announce that the revised home modification service is in the final stages of testing and we are on the verge of releasing the model.  We anticipated the release would be this month, however we have decided to postpone the release to next month to finalise adjustments to the online application.  SWEP acknowledges the postponement may be an inconvenience for some Prescribers, however our preference is to deliver the best service possible and we believe a short delay will achieve this.

SWEP Communique - Suppler Code of Conduct

29 August 2017

The Victorian Government has introduced a ' Supplier Code of Conduct  to support the State's commitment to ethical, sustainable and socially responsible procurement. The Supplier Code of Conduct became effective on 1 July 2017.

SWEP Prescriber Communique - SWEP & Central Queensland University in Melbourne Seats still available for the Adult Advanced bathing, toileting & seating

18 August 2017

SWEP & CQU still have some spaces for the upcoming Advanced Adult Bathing, toileting & seating session.  This is for SWEP registered Prescribers who wish to look at completing professional development and upgrading their Prescriber Levels. This course will count at 30 CPD points for your upgrade request.

Date: Thursday, 7 September 2017 - Advanced Bathing, Toileting and Seating for Adults

For prescribers wishing to upgrade to Amber or Red

SWEP Prescriber Communique - SWEP AOPA Quotation Template

15 August 2017
I am excited to announce that SWEP has consulted with AOPA to create a quotation template to be submitted with future orthotic applications. The aim of this template is to ensure clear, consistent quotation practice that will allow us to better understand your services and costs. Expert practitioners within the field have reviewed the template to ensure it aligns closely with the practices of our prescriber group

SWEP Prescriber Communique - Client Communication & Portal Log in

11 August 2017
SWEP Prescriber Communique - Use of client email for SWEP Communications & Use of Prescriber Portal log in

SWEP Prescriber Communique - CQU in Melbourne Upcoming Advanced Prescriber Courses

4 August 2017

SWEP & CQU have the below Advanced training courses available for Prescribers this year.  This is for SWEP registered Prescribers who wish to look at completing professional development and upgrading their Prescriber Levels.

SWEP Prescriber Registration and Credentialing Framework

31 July 2017
We are very excited to be launching the revised SWEP Prescriber Registration and Credentialing Framework - The Framework.

Prescriber Communique - DOP Contract

25 July 2017
Dear Prescribers,

Following a robust tendering process that commenced in September 2016, SWEP can confirm Air Liquide Healthcare P/L (Air Liquide) as the successful bidder to provide home oxygen under the Domiciliary Oxygen Program.

Ballarat Health Services/SWEP and Air Liquide have entered a new agreement that means that Air Liquide will continue to provide oxygen to eligible clients for the next two years, until 30 June 2019.

SWEP Performance Report Card June 2017

14 July 2017
We have collated the data for June 2017 and presented the achievements of each program for this month. Every month we will provide information about each program.

SWEP Prescriber Communique - End of Financial Year

7 July 2017
As a follow on to our communique last week, SWEP received a significant allocation of funding in June that need to be fully expended by Friday 30th June. As per my previous communique, the way we are allocating the funding may initially seem confusing and not appear to align with our Priority of Access Guidelines, but it is important that you understand that the funding has been targeted specifically at those people over the age of 65 years who had been on our waiting list for specific categories of equipment. It is important to note that we were unable to target waitlist applications for clients who required high cost home modifications, or where the supplier was unknown.

SWEP Prescriber Communique - EOFY 2017

29 June 2017
This communique is to advise you that SWEP has just received a non-recurrent allocation of funding today that will need to be spent by the end of the financial year (this Friday) in order to meet both our funding body and BHS,s acquittal requirements.

SWEP Communique - Lymphoedema Compression Garment Program (LCGP) from Mercy Health to SWEP.

23 June 2017

Dear Prescribers,

Thank you all for your patience, co-operation and feedback over recent months following the transition of the Lymphoedema Compression Garment Program (LCGP) from Mercy Health to SWEP.

SWEP Prescriber Communique - Home Modifications Update June 2017

23 June 2017

Dear Prescribers,

SWEP is pleased to announce that the new Home Modification model will commence this August. The new model is founded on a framework of Builders and Tradespeople that make up a panel of approved suppliers throughout Victoria. The Panel will provide Prescribers with the opportunity to identify which Builders and Tradespeople operate in the same location as Consumers. Just like the current service, there will be no expectations that Prescribers will have to determine the structural integrity of the home that is being modified as this is the role of Builders, Draftspersons and Architects. The new model will provide greater capacity for Prescribers to address the functional and clinical needs of Consumers in relation to their home environment. 

SWEP Performance Report Card May 2017

14 June 2017
We have collated the data for May 2017 and presented the achievements of each program for this month. Every month we will provide information about each program.

EOI to become SWEP Clinical Advisor for Lymphoedema

13 June 2017
As part of our Clinical Advisory Panel, SWEP is seeking expressions of interest from Lymphoedema therapists to join our panel. We will be seeking 2-3 therapists and would like to invite you to submit an EOI.

SWEP & CQU Upcoming Advanced Prescriber Courses

8 June 2017

SWEP & CQU have the below Advanced training courses available for Prescribers this year.  This is for SWEP registered Prescribers who wish to look at completing professional development and upgrading their Prescriber Levels.

SWEP Communique - Repairs to Equipment for NDIS Participants

6 June 2017

SWEP have signed a Working Arrangement with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) for the provision of Assistive Technology (AT) for NDIS Participants.

Given this arrangement, SWEP are able to assist Participants in repairing and maintaining their equipment through SWEP's contracted repair agent.

SWEP Communique - Web portal unable to open applications

25 May 2017
SWEP would like to advise you that we are currently experiencing issues with our web portal applications.  Currently you are unable to open any previously saved applications from your My Forms page.  You will receive an Invalid form error message.

SWEP Performance Report Card April 2017

15 May 2017
We have collated the data for April 2017 and presented the achievements of each program for this month. Every month we will provide information about each program.

SWEP Communique - Website Portal & administration access

12 May 2017

Since SWEP went live with the website portal in July 2016, we have received feedback in relation to Allied Health Assistants being able to have access also.

SWEP are pleased to announce that we have set up a SWEP administration registration.  This will allow Allied Health Assistants access to SWEP prescription forms. They will be able to fill them out and submit to their prescriber, attach documents and review the application online.

SWEP needs to be clear about what   administration access allows. Administration users are unable to submit a form directly to SWEP, they cannot escalate applications and cannot replace the role of a SWEP registered prescriber.

SWEP & CQU Green Induction / Introductory Assistive Technology Education

9 May 2017

CQU & SWEP have now released some new dates for the Green Induction - Introductory Assistive Technology Education.

This introductory one-day workshop is designed for Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists who are either new graduates or have less than 2 years clinical experience. This workshop is highly recommended for all therapists who are Green SWEP prescribers and have less than 2 years of clinical experience.

SWEP Prescriber Communique - Supplier Quotes

9 May 2017
SWEP receive thousands of applications with quotes every year. In order to ensure a seamless, consistent process, quotes need to meet certain requirements. Lately we have noticed an increase in the number of quotes that have required further follow up with suppliers due to missing information. Whilst we are seeking out this information, the progress of the client's application is inhibited and it will have a status of "incomplete" in our system.

SWEP Communique - NDIA Script changes

5 May 2017
SWEP have received some queries from prescribers regarding the recent changes made to the SWEP NDIS Prescription Forms.

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