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SWEP Communique - Orthoses Update

29 November 2019

Dear AT Practitioner


We are writing to you to clarify Victorian Aids & Equipment Program (VA&EP) funding availability for the Orthoses category.

 

We have reviewed current practice in relation to our orthoses application management following the release of the VA&EP Operational Policies (July 2019) and the SWEP team's organisational restructure. In addition, we have consulted with professional associations and our Clinical Advisors.

Performance Report Card October 2019

1 November 2019
We have collated the data for October 2019 and presented the achievements of each program for this month. Every month we will provide information about each program.

Medical Grade Sheepskin to be added to SWEP picklist

28 October 2019

The Statewide Equipment Program (SWEP) is committed to providing consumers with access to a range of assistive technology items that are evidence based and suitable for various environments and presenting scenarios  

SWEP Communique - Updating Practitioner Organisation Details

25 October 2019

As per our communique released on the 25th of September, SWEP have partnered with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) to provide a registration and credentialing service for all Occupational Therapists (OT's) currently providing services to the TAC. 

 

As part of this service, the TAC have access to a SWEP 'geo-locator' tool that facilitates the matching of suitably qualified and skilled OT's with TAC consumers.

SWEP Communique - Independence Australia Closure - Change of Date

23 October 2019

Change of Date - Independence Australia Closure 8th Nov - 12th Nov 2019

Further to our communique released on the 15th of October, SWEP have been notified that the upgrade of Independence Australias online web store has now been delayed until November.

SWEP Communique - Supra-plus catheters update

16 October 2019

Dear Continence Practitioners,                       

On the 29th August, I wrote to you advising that SWEP was unable to fund open tip / supra-plus catheters for urethral use if this was not part of the items' TGA approval or manufacturer guidelines.

Some of you have raised concerns about how this might impact your clients who have had a lot of success with these catheters being used urethrally.

SWEP Communique - Laryngectomy Consumables Program - Online Applications

16 October 2019
SWEP is pleased to announce that applications for funding assistance through the Laryngectomy Consumables Program can now be submitted online.  As such, paper applications for this program will no longer be accepted after October 31, 2019.

SWEP Communique - Independence Australia Closure

15 October 2019

Independence Australia Closure 18th  - 22nd October 2019

Independence Australia have advised that they will be updating their online web store this month. As a result, the online store and Customer Service Centre will be closed from 4pm on Friday the 18th of October and will reopen at 8am on Tuesday the 22nd of October 2019.

SWEP Communique - Practitioner Resources

9 October 2019
SWEP is committed to supporting AT Practitioners to assist consumers with the provision of Assistive Technology. Under the ' AT Practitioners' section of the SWEP website, you will find a variety of links available to help in this area.

Performance Report Card September 2019

1 October 2019
We have collated the data for September 2019 and presented the achievements of each program for this month. Every month we will provide information about each program.

Announcement of Partnership with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC)

25 September 2019

What's happening?

SWEP is excited to announce that the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has chosen to partner with SWEP to provide a registration and credentialing service for all Occupational Therapists (OT's) currently providing services to the TAC. 



SWEP Communique: Product Recalls

24 September 2019

SWEP has been advised of a recall of the below listed items

SWEP Communique - Home Modifications process changes

13 September 2019
Following on from our previous communique SWEP update regarding review of the Home Modifications Panel, SWEP would like to update you on the current requirements for applying for funding assistance through the Victorian Aids & Equipment Program (VA&EP) for the home modifications subsidy. 

As of July 1 2019, consumers are able to select their preferred registered builder/tradesperson.  SWEP may check their Victoria Building Authority (VBA) registration. 

SWEP Communique - Open tip/Supra-plus Catheters

29 August 2019

Dear Continence Practitioners,                       

SWEP has recently become aware that some practitioners may be using and requesting open tip / supra-plus catheters for urethral use. 

It is our understanding as per the TGA and manufacturer instructions that these types of catheters should only be used for supra-pubic purposes. 

SWEP Communique - Mobility scooter related injuries and deaths

29 August 2019
Dear AT Practitioners,

To support you in safe quality practice, SWEP would like to highlight a recent report on "Mobility scooter related injuries and deaths" published in May 2019 by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, available here.

While the benefits of scooters for mobility and quality of life are well documented, this report offers an evidence-based review of mobility scooter related injuries and deaths. It includes data relating to pedestrian injury and collision, as well as falls from a mobility scooter that required hospital admission.

Performance Report Card August 2019

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

Access to VA&EP Funding for Consumers Under 65 Years of Age

31 July 2019

Thank you to everyone who has sought feedback from the State-wide Equipment Program (SWEP) in recent months regarding funding for Assistive Technology (AT) items for consumer's who are under 65 years of age.

As a result of this feedback, SWEP has liaised with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to determine how we ensure that Victorian Government funds are only used to support eligible consumers. It is important to understand that consumers who can access funding for AT from other government programs such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are not eligible to access support for AT from the Victorian Aids and Equipment Program (VA&EP). In addition, consumers who can access funding from their private health insurer or from compensation, legal settlements or court awards for AT need to discuss their eligibility with SWEP.

Performance Report Card July 2019

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

Performance Report Card June 2019

1 July 2019
We have collated the data for June 2019 and presented the achievements of each program for this month. Every month we will provide information about each program.

Performance Report Card May 2019

14 June 2019
We have collated the data for May 2019 and presented the achievements of each program for this month. Every month we will provide information about each program.

SWEP Communique - Home Modification Builder Query

28 May 2019
We would like to advise that SWEP are aware of the recent news stories released relating to work undertaken by Maker Constructions and have undertaken an internal investigation into this particular case.
 
SWEP can confirm, that at this particular time, all quotations from the builder in question will continue to be accepted.
 
Kind regards,
The SWEP Management Team

SWEP Communique - Non-contracted Continence items

13 May 2019

SWEP has recently extended the contract with Independence Australia for continence products for a further 12 months. We have updated our database to reflect the most up-to-date contract items available. As part of the up-date we have removed all non-contracted, inactive and discontinued items from the database.

We have also revamped the non-contracted items picklist codes. If you require an item that is not contracted you will need to select the relevant code from the non-contracted items picklist codes and provide a quote from the supplier of your choice.  This will apply to all applications and phone orders.

Communique - State-wide Equipment Program (SWEP) Oxygen supply

8 May 2019

After many months of deliberation and quite an extensive tender and procurement process, SWEP would like to announce that Supagas has been contracted to supply oxygen for our Domiciliary Oxygen Program from July 1, 2019.

Our transition planning is based around minimal interruption for consumers and we are working with our suppliers to ensure that the new equipment is installed, and consumers are confident about using it, prior to removal of the Air Liquide Healthcare oxygen equipment.  Please rest assured, there will be no changes to the 'package' of oxygen equipment that consumers are currently using.

SWEP Communique-Chemtronics Employment Opportunity Update

6 May 2019
We are excited to let you know that Chemtronics has appointed Niharika Dhillon to the AT Practitioner role at our reissue warehouse in Thomastown. Niharika will take on Sarah's role whilst she is on maternity leave to support practitioners and consumers with the provision of expert advice on the suitability of reissue equipment and customisation options.

SWEP Communique - New Contracted Items and Portal

24 April 2019

With the recent introduction of our new contracted suppliers to the portal, you would have noticed many changes to how you can select items for your consumer.


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