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.

Our understanding is that AT Practitioners are discussing the need for gap payments directly with their patients and we would ask that this continue, to assist consumers in having these funds available, when SWEP is ready to commit funds and raise an order.    Where consumers indicate that they have Private Health Insurance, SWEP will make contact with their insurance provider to confirm the amount available under their policy towards their garments. 

The LCGP has a separate quarantined budget, to other programs managed by SWEP.  We have a budget and demand strategy in place whereby we allocate funds for consumers, using the Priority of Access Guidelines to triage applications.  This budget and demand strategy allocates a percentage of funding each month to highest priority applications and a percentage to oldest applications on the waitlist.

Please find attached link to the LCGP program guidelines for your reference: https://swep.bhs.org.au/lymphoedema-compression-garment-program.php  

SWEP are planning a seminar for Lymphoedema AT Practitioners (in conjunction with our Clinical Advisors) in the near future and will confirm these details with you in due course.

If you have any queries or feedback in relation to this change please contact Sue Vincent by email at:  sue.vincent@bhs.org.au .

Kind Regards and Thanks

Sue Vincent

SWEP Manager

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