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SWEP Continence Communique

26 April 2018

Summary: SWEP is acutely aware that some of our adult clients are waiting in excess of 12 months for their continence products.

We have implemented a strategy to support as many people as we can and reduce wait times by providing those people who need washable products (bedding and briefs) with a ' one-time " supply only.

Background: Each year SWEP is allocated recurrent funding by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for each of its programs including the Adult Continence Aids Program. The Bilateral Agreement signed between the Commonwealth and State Governments that relates to the rollout of the NDIS will see a re-allocation of some of this funding from our programs to the NDIS as some of our clients transition to the NDIS.
SWEP is committed to continue to support those clients who will not qualify for NDIS and are already receiving services through the State funded Scheme.

Solution: SWEP is committed to reducing wait times for those people waiting to access continence products, and as such, has developed a strategy to support clients requiring washable products on a ' once-off " basis. Both high-priority and those waiting the longest will be targeted during this initiative.

What do I need to do? SWEP will contact eligible clients with a letter informing them of the one-off supply of washable products.

What happens in 12 months'  time? Please note that supply of washable products will be on the basis of access to ' once-off funding " and we have reiterated this to those clients who will receive funding. If your client requires further products in 12 months " time, you will need to re-apply on their behalf and supply will be subject to SWEP guidelines and budget availability.

Who do I contact if I have further questions? Please contact 1300 747 937 to speak with the Continence Program Manager. 


Sarah Hiller
Continence Program Manager

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