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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.

Performance Report Card January 2019

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

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.

SWEP Communique - NDIA Applications and Orders

9 November 2018

Dear Prescribers

SWEP is acutely aware of the frustrations and delays you are currently experiencing particularly related to prescribing for NDIS clients. You have been providing us with your constructive feedback and we are incredibly grateful for this.  We apologise for the delays and backlog that has been created as we attempt to process the 2300 outstanding applications, as well as the 800 outstanding orders that we have received approval from the NDIA to order. We also acknowledge the implications this has for participants and their families.

SWEP Organisational Restructure

1 November 2018
In order to respond to sector demands and remain as responsive as possible for all our SWEP programs, we have undertaken an internal review of current workload demands and staff allocations. As a result of this review, SWEP has undertaken an organisational restructure.

SWEP Communique - Funding Transition

25 October 2018
We are very excited to announce that we have recently received updated information that relates to the communique released by DHHS on 28th May 2018. This communique relates to the ongoing support of clients transitioning to the NDIS. Since the release of this communique, DHHS and SWEP have continued to discuss how the State can support clients during their transition.

Phone Outage

15 October 2018
SWEP are currently experiencing phone/network issues and are unable to answer your calls or retrieve messages from our voicemail.  This is a Ballarat Health Services (BHS) outage and affects other services under BHS as well.   As an interim measure you can leave a message and once our phones are functioning we will respond to your query as quickly as possible.  In the event of an emergency, our emergency repair service can be reached by calling PH 1300 747 937 and pressing Option 1 for repairs.

Continence Additional Product Requests

5 October 2018
Good Afternoon Continence Prescribers,
 
Recently some of you may have been advised that SWEP require you to obtain a quote from Independence Australia (IA) when submitting an additional product request.

We have received some feedback regarding the additional time this has taken you to obtain quotes from IA and have been working with our developers to remedy this issue.

SWEP Communique - New Database #20

24 September 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 a scheduled outage. This is to allow for further enhancements and migration of data.

This outage will occur Thursday 27th of September, Between 8pm and 10pm, due to the AFL Grand Final public holiday.


SWEP Communique - Announcing SWEP Clinical Advisors and Subject Matter Experts

10 September 2018

The SWEP Clinical Advisory Panels consist of Clinical Advisors and Subject Matter Experts who are recognised leaders in their clinical field and a critical component of the clinical governance for SWEP.

The Clinical Advisors and Subject Matter Experts support the function of the Chief Allied Health Officer, SWEP by providing a panel of expert advice for each category of assistive technology or key components of professional governance

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