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SWEP Communique - CAHO Announcement

7 June 2018
Dear Prescribers,

SWEP is pleased to advise that Donna Markham, SWEP Chief Allied Health Officer has been appointed as the Chief Allied Health Officer for Safer Care Victoria, Department of Health and Human Services.

SWEP Communique - NDIA Transition

28 May 2018

NDIA Transition - Referring new clients to the NDIA from areas transition date.

Service providers should refer all new (state) clients to the NDIA from area transition commencement date.

SWEP Communique - NDIA Update

28 May 2018
SWEP have recently received advice from the Department of Health and Human Services advising of the following:

  • Service Providers delivering services under the Victorian Aids and Equipment Program (VA&EP) are to refer clients with new, waitlisted, awaiting top up or incomplete applications for subsidised items to the NDIA from area commencement date where the applicant:
          -lives in an area that has commenced transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

          -is likely to be eligible for the NDIS

  • Eligible Victorians living in areas yet to commence transitioning to the NDIS can continue to access the Victorian Aids and Equipment Program.
  • Service providers of the Victorian Aids and Equipment Program can continue to consider requests for urgent repairs of equipment from clients in areas that have commenced transition, where the client does not yet have an approved NDIS plan.

SWEP Communique - The New SWEP Database and You

25 May 2018

SWEP will be launching a new database on 2nd July 2018.  The new database will provide a user friendly experience for all users. We need your help to make sure the data we migrate to the new system is as accurate as possible.

Please read this communique carefully as there are some important actions you need to take to ensure your details and any draft applications you have are not missed. 

SWEP Communique - NDIS equipment in reissue

23 May 2018

The SWEP reissue database now has exclusive NDIS funded equipment that prescribers can reserve for their clients who are participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The asset numbers relating to these items commence with the letter 'N' and when selecting the asset prescribers will be alerted that the item can only be reserved for NDIS participants. 

SWEP Communique - Heartway Power Wheelchairs & Scooters

22 May 2018

Due to a fire at Heartway's Taiwan warehouse in April 2018, we have been advised Heartway will not be supplying any parts until after September 2018 which will impact on repairs currently being undertaken or future repairs of consumers' equipment.

SWEP's contracted repairer, Chemtronics, has some parts from equipment held for reissue that can be reused. SWEP and/or Chemtronics will advise clients affected at the time of any likely delays.

Performance Report Card April 2018

21 May 2018
We have collated the data for April 2018 and presented the achievements of each program for this month. Every month we will provide information about each program.

SWEP Bed Communique May 2018

18 May 2018

Dear Prescribers,

Last year SWEP worked with our Clinical Advisors and Rehabilitation Engineer to review the prescription of bedding systems. This was a significant piece of work which aimed to develop tools and resources to assist clinicians to identify the most suitable bed and mattress for a person with a disability regardless of their size, weight or age.

There were several important outcomes to this project;

  1. Changes to the prescription of beds with bedrail guidelines
  2.  Introduction of an assessment tool for bed, mattress and bed equipment
  3. Clinical considerations for bedrails and bed sticks sheet

Performance Report Card March 2018

30 April 2018
We have collated the data for March 2018 and presented the achievements of each program for this month. Every month we will provide information about each program.

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.

UPDATE -EOI for State-wide Equipment Program (SWEP) Subject Matter Experts

23 April 2018
Dear Prescribers,

Further to the email sent out on Saturday 21st April regarding the EOI for Subject Matter Experts we wish to provide some further clarification regarding the Allied Health Education Subject Matter Experts.

We are seeking Allied Health clinicians with education expertise - these are likely to be experienced Allied Health professionals (who may have a reasonable understanding of Assistive Technology) but we are particularly looking for expertise in education. Those familiar with education principles, development and delivery of education, assessment and evaluation, supervision, competency based training etc.

EOI for State-wide Equipment Program (SWEP) Subject Matter Experts

21 April 2018
SWEP is seeking EOI's from Rehabilitation Engineers, Recreational Therapists, Allied Health Clinicians with Educational expertise and Respiratory Scientists to join our expert Panel.

The Subject Matter Experts will join our Clinical Advisor Panel to provide advice to the Chief Allied Health Officer, SWEP.
We are seeking highly experienced candidates who can demonstrate a minimum 10 years of experience working either with assistive technology (AT), oxygen equipment, or educating Allied Health professionals.  Candidates should also be able to demonstrate participation in activities that contribute directly to maintaining there competence and expertise.

SWEP and BHS request for tender for Non Customised Equipment

19 April 2018

SWEP & Ballarat Health Services on 17th April 2018 released a request for tender for Non Customised Equipment. Details of this tender can be found on the Vic Tenders website.

Please click here for more information

SWEP and BHS request for tender for Non Customised Equipment - Suppliers

19 April 2018

SWEP & Ballarat Health Services on 17th April 2018 released a request for tender for Non Customised Equipment. Details of this tender can be found on the Vic Tenders website.


Please click here for more information

Performance Report Card February 2018

29 March 2018
We have collated the data for February 2018 and presented the achievements of each program for this month. Every month we will provide information about each program.

VCRC State Conference Registration

22 March 2018

CFA Vic Branch will proudly host the 7th Annual Regional State Conference "The Scope and Spectrum of Incontience" at the RACV Club Resort in Torquay.

This event will take place across two days from 17 - 18 May 2018 and will include a pre-conference afternoon workshop followed by a full day of exciting presentations and discussions.

March Blog

16 March 2018
In our latest video Jeni Burton - SWEP Operations Director talks to Iain and his mum Alison about how SWEP has helped them. Iain has been supported by SWEP for over seven years and chatted with Jeni about his experience with the program

February Blog

28 February 2018
This month we are explaining SWEP's relationship with the NDIA.

To read more and watch our latest video starring our NDIS Manager for SWEP -Teagan Hegert, who will talk you through our new NDIS Brochure click here.

Performance Report Card January 2018

19 February 2018
We have collated the data for January 2018 and presented the achievements of each program for this month. Every month we will provide information about each program.

SWEP Prescriber Communique - Changes to Registration Framework

16 February 2018

As you will be aware SWEP has made a lot of changes to our Prescriber Registration and Credentialing Framework over the past 12 months. The Framework was implemented to enhance the professional governance and accountability related to the prescription of Assistive Technology. Many of the revisions and changes have been as a result of the invaluable feedback our prescribers, health care employers and professional bodies have provided. Subsequently our Framework continues to strengthen.

SWEP Communique - Update AHPRA Number for SWEP Web Portal

15 February 2018

Dear Prescribers,

 

We are currently auditing the SWEP prescriber registrations for missing AHPRA numbers.

If you can check your SWEP Web portal details to confirm we do have your correct AHPRA number recorded. If not you can update your details or forward your AHPRA number to us.

SWEP Performance Report Card December 2017

5 February 2018
We have collated the data for December 2017 and presented the achievements of each program for this month. Every month we will provide information about each program.

SWEP Performance Report Card November 2017

2 January 2018
We have collated the data for November 2017 and presented the achievements of each program for this month. Every month we will provide information about each program.

January Blog

1 January 2018
Welcome to our first Blog. This month we talk about SWEP and our relationshiop with Chemtronics.

To read more and watch our video that explains the partnership we have with Chemtronics click here

Expression of Interest (EOI) for State-wide Equipment Program (SWEP) Clinical Advisor Panel

19 December 2017
SWEP is seeking EOI's from Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Orthotists, Continence Nurses, Podiatrists and Respiratory Physicians to join our expert Panel.

The Clinical Advisor Panel provides clinical support and validation to prescribers as well as expert advice to the Chief Allied Health Officer, SWEP.

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