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Prescribing and Ordering

Ordering Assistive Technology

Ordering Assistive Technology

Details of the requirements of the equipment or home modification need to be recorded on a prescription form.

All Category 2 items must have a priority score form completed.

An additional specification form may be needed if measurements or adjustments to the item need to be detailed. Any item customised equipment item must also have a Prescription Agreement Form completed with the client.

Supporting Documents and Procedures

Repairs for highly-customised equipment will usually occur in a workshop but due to the nature of this equipment, it may not be possible to organise an interim loan. Therefore, for highly customised equipment, please ensure you plan with your client a contingency in the event the item requires repairs away from the home for a period of time.

Please ensure that individuals and their carers read the following document prior to planning and commencing major home modifications:

Once eligibility has been determined, the most suitable item(s) and any relevant specifications selected, and approvals gained, equipment and home modifications for the DCSI Equipment Program are ordered through DES.

Further information can be found on the Assistive Technology Services - Ordering page.

Transferring Ownership of Assistive Technology

Transferring Ownership of Assistive Technology

Ownership of most equipment supplied to clients via the DCSI Equipment Program is retained by DCSI, with DES tracking these items and managing any repairs and collections needed.

Some smaller equipment items and all home modifications are considered to be consumable and become the responsibility of the person to care for and maintain once supplied.

People moving to / from interstate can apply to have the ownership of the items transferred to the respective state funding program, as outlined in the documents below:

When equipment and home modifications are supplied to a person, there are Terms and Conditions associated with the provision of these items.



Who Can Prescribe?

Allied Health Professionals from Internal Services (Disability and Domiciliary Care Services, Novita and Minda Inc), as well as from Hospitals, Non-Government Organisations, Country Health and Private Practices can prescribe for eligible clients. Registered Nurses from DCSI can prescribe some equipment for clients who reside in DCSI Accommodation Services.

Internal Prescribers

Disability and Domiciliary Care Services (including, Child and Youth Services, ASSIST and Domiciliary Care), Novita and Minda Inc are considered to be primary agencies for clients of the DCSI Equipment Program. Allied health professionals from these services are regarded as internal prescribers and can send paperwork directly to Domiciliary Equipment Service (DES), once necessary approvals have been gained.

DCSI nurses are also approved to prescribe some items of equipment for their clients, however all paperwork is sent via ASSIST.

The registration process for the DCSI Equipment Program is outlined on the Becoming a Prescriber page. This is only relevant to DCSI, Novita and Minda Inc staff.

External Prescribers

In order to maximise access for clients and facilitate discharge planning, allied health professionals in agencies other than DSCI, Novita and Minda Inc can prescribe equipment and home modifications on behalf of their clients seeking to access the DCSI Equipment Program.

Prescription forms and other supporting documentation from external prescribers need to be sent via the client's primary agency. After the internal service has checked all approvals are in place, the prescription form is sent to DES for processing.

What Can be Prescribed?

In Scope Lists are the lists of equipment or home modification types that the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Equipment Program has endorsed for supply when a client meets the Program's eligibility criteria. The lists include information on prescriber requirements, if delegate sign-off is required, and if any additional criteria and screening tools apply.

The Equipment Item Types and Definitions (XLS 80.5 KB) document provides a consolidated list of the equipment with definitions of each item.

Each equipment and home modification type on the In Scope List lists relevant documents that support the prescription process.

Selecting Equipment or Home Modifications

Selecting the most suitable item with the right measurements, features and accessories can sometimes be difficult. A number of information sheets have been developed to support prescribers in the assessment and prescription of equipment and home modifications. Find further information on the assistive technology selection page.

There are multiple equipment and home modification documents which can assist in the appropriate selection and prescription of equipment or home modifications.

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