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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 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 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 Prescriber Communique - Supplier Receivership

24 April 2017

SWEP has been advised that the equipment manufacturer/supplier, KCare, has entered receivership and ceased to trade.

KCare subsidiary entities are also affected, including Mobile Repairs VHHE (VHHE).

CQU in Melbourne Green Induction / Introductory Assistive Technology Education April

11 April 2017

CQU now have some spots available for the Green Induction - Introductory Assistive Technology Education to be held 21st April 2017.

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 Communique - Requests for Clinical Advisor

29 March 2017

Dear Prescribers,

RE: Requests for Clinical Advisor's to validate scripts

Over recent times we have noticed an increase in the number of scripts that are being submitted with a request for Clinical Advisor's (CAs) to validate the script. At present we can receive 4-5 per day that require validation.

SWEP Communique - SWEP Web Portal Upgrade

16 March 2017
Dear Prescribers,

 

SWEP would like to advise the planned web portal outage/upgrade was successfully performed yesterday.

 

Please be aware of the following changes:
  • When you download a form - it now opens in a web browser.  You can now copy and paste from this form.
    • TIP:  Right click on "download form" button and select "open in new tab"
  • Ability to withdraw an application.  You will now see a "WITHDRAW APPLICATION" button.  A Reason for withdraw text box will be implemented shortly.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience during the outage. 

ATSA Independent Living Expo Releases its Free Conference Program

7 March 2017
ATSA Independent Living Expo Releases its Free Conference Program

The ATSA Independent Living Expo has released its free-to-attend conference program for both Sydney and Brisbane, aimed at furthering professional development for therapists and providing valuable information to families, friends and carers of people with disability.
One of the most comprehensive events for people with disability, seniors, allied health professionals, rehabilitation providers, and interested members of the public, the ATSA Independent Living Expo will be held in Sydney (Sydney Showground) and Brisbane (Royal International Convention Centre) in 2017.

SWEP Communique - SWEP Prescriber Registration & Credentialing Framework

1 March 2017

Dear Prescribers,

With the introduction of the SWEP Prescriber Registration & Credentialing Framework in November 2016 we have received a lot of questions and feedback from clinicians working in the field and what impact these changes may have on them as individuals or as departments and teams. We would like to take the opportunity to explain some of the rationale behind the new requirements in the Prescriber Registration & Credentialing Framework as well as some of the further changes we will be putting in place going forward.

ADVANCED SPECIALISED TRANSFERS FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN EDUCATION

1 March 2017

ADVANCED SPECIALISED TRANSFERS FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN EDUCATION

Reissue Database Link Update Communique

15 February 2017

Dear Prescribers,

SWEP would like to advise that Chemtronics Direct has updated their website link to access the SWEP Reissue Database. 

The new link is https://cabrini.technology/sc/ess.do  

The Reissue Database can still be accessed via the SWEP website: https://swep.bhs.org.au/prescriber-reissue-database.php

SWEP Prescriber Communique - Home Modifications Update

14 February 2017

Dear Prescribers

SWEP will be introducing the below listed components of the new home modification model in the coming months in two distinct stages:

VCRC State Conference Registration

8 February 2017

Dear Prescribers,

CFA Vic Branch will proudly host the 6th Annual Regional State Conference "Person Centred Continence Care" at the RACV Club Resort in Torquay.

This event will take place across two days from 18-19 May 2017 and will include a pre-conference afternoon workshop followed by a full day of exciting presentations and discussions.

SWEP Prescriber Communique - Home Modifications Update

3 February 2017

Dear Prescribers,

As part of the new SWEP home modification's model, an Expression of Interest (EOI) will be released to invite Building Professionals to apply for membership to a Home Modification's Panel. The Panel will consist of registered and credentialed Building Professionals that have the ability and committed to provide home modifications for Clients and Participants that complies with the new model's standards and requirements. 

SWEP Prescriber Communique - Wheelchairs and Scooters for Adults Training Day

17 January 2017
ADVANCED/AMBER/RED:  WHEELCHAIRS & SCOOTERS FOR ADULTS (Full day)
When: Friday February 10th 2017, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Where: CQUniversity, Melbourne - 120 Spencer St, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Cost: $365 (includes GST)

Workshop Information:
This one day workshop is designed for Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists who wish to further their knowledge and skills with regards to wheelchairs and the available features for adults. This workshop is suitable for therapists wishing to become advanced prescribers, including Green prescribers aspiring to become Amber prescribers, Amber prescribers aspiring to become Red prescribers and for Red prescribers to enable skill maintenance. This workshop is also suitable for therapists who are not SWEP prescribers however require advanced knowledge and skills to assist them in Wheelchair prescription. This workshop will be presented by Yvonne Duncan, SWEP Clinical Advisor & Senior Physiotherapist.

ADVANCED/AMBER/RED: WHEELCHAIRS & SEATING FOR CHILDREN (Full day)

17 November 2016
ADVANCED/AMBER/RED: WHEELCHAIRS & SEATING FOR CHILDREN (Full day) 

When: Friday 2nd December 2016, 9.30am to 4.30pm 

Where: CQUniversity, Melbourne - 120 Spencer St, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Cost: $365 (includes GST)

SWEP Email Communication Issues due to blacklisting.

15 November 2016
Dear Prescribers,
 
Unfortunately last week the Ballarat Health Services and SWEP email domains were blacklisted, impairing our ability to communicate with other external email servers. 

RCH Advice regarding trampolines

14 November 2016
Trampolines are not suitable for children under 6 years of age. They should be considered sports equipment, not a toy.  Use enclosed trampoline nets to avoid falls from trampolines. This information is sourced from the Royal Childrens Hospital website

Home Modifications Communique

9 November 2016

Dear Prescribers,

In the coming months SWEP will be implementing a new model for home modifications, which you may be aware of from previous SWEP communiques.

ADVANCED/AMBER/RED: MOBILITY AIDS FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS (Full day)

8 November 2016

ADVANCED/AMBER/RED: MOBILITY AIDS FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS (Full day)


When: Friday 25th November 2016, 9.30am to 4.30pm

Where: CQUniversity, Melbourne - 120 Spencer St, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

SWEP Communique Prescriber - Credentialing Framework changes

7 November 2016
The new framework can be found on this link: https://swep.bhs.org.au/files/53/SWEP_Prescriber_Registration_and_Credentialing_Framework.pdf

The main changes can be found on Page 2 to Page 4, and are summarised in Appendix 3.
In short all new prescribers must attend either a full or half day induction session depending on their discipline. SWEP will subsidise the cost for new graduates.


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