Becoming a Prescriber
Allied Health Professionals and Registered Nurses from Disability and Domiciliary Care Services from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI), Novita Children's Service (Novita) and Minda Inc can prescribe equipment and home modifications relevant to their discipline for eligible clients.
Approved Prescriber Levels
Each of the equipment and home modification types have differing prescriber requirements, depending on their type and complexity. This information can be found in the Equipment In Scope List (XLS 424.0 KB)and the Home Modifications In Scope List (XLS 277.0 KB).
Different equipment and home modification types may only be prescribed by approved disciplines. These are outlined in the respective in scope lists.
- Determining discipline for prescription of equipment (DOC 141.0 KB)
- Determining discipline for prescription of home modifications (DOC 138.5 KB)
Orientation and Category 1 Approvals
Internal prescribers must complete a mandatory orientation process, including attending a training session held at Domiciliary Equipment Service (DES).
Once their orientation is completed, they are approved to prescribe most Category 1 equipment and home modifications without further delegate sign-off. If there are any changes to prescriber details such as moving teams or transferring to another service this updated information needs to be provided to DES.
- Orientation to the Equipment Program – Internal prescribers form (DOC 160.0 KB)
- Change in Prescriber Details Form (DOC 119.0 KB)
Item Specific Approval
Some items require a higher level of approval for a person to prescribe them.
Prescribers from DCSI and Novita can achieve "item-specific approved prescriber status" for items by demonstrating their skills when completing three (3) assessments supervised by someone who is already an approved prescriber. If staff are new to an internal service but have relevant prescription experience, they may be eligible for recognition of prior learning and be approved by their senior delegate to become an approved prescriber to prescribe specific types.
- Achieving Approved Prescriber Status (DOC 391.0 KB)
- Achieving approved prescriber status for home modifications (DOC 339.0 KB)
- Achieving Approved Prescriber Status Form (DOC 152.0 KB)
- Item Specific Approved Prescriber Supervision Checklist (DOC 154.5 KB)
- Approved Prescriber Status Recognition of Prior Learning Request (DOC 151.5 KB)
In order to maximise access for clients and facilitate discharge planning, allied health professionals in agencies other than DCSI, Novita and Minda Inc can prescribe equipment and home modifications on behalf of their clients seeking to access the DCSI Equipment Program. These health professionals are, for the purposes of the DCSI Equipment Program, called "external prescribers".
There is no registration process for external prescribers. All prescriptions completed by external prescribers are sent via an internal agency. Where items need "Item Specific Approved Prescriber Status" this is checked by an internal clinician with approval for the item being prescribed.
The DCSI Equipment Program and DES Orientation Session for external prescribers is not compulsory but highly recommended for any clinician prescribing for the DCSI Equipment Program.
Training is available to support prescribers in learning relevant information to support best practice and accurate prescription of various equipment and home modifications.