Guideline for the South Australian Lymphoedema Compression Garment Subsidy Scheme
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The purpose of this Guideline is to provide guidance about the administration and functioning of the Scheme for the provision of garments
Medical grade compression garments help people who have lymphoedema to manage their condition and to reduce the development of associated complications.
In July 2020, SA Health established a Lymphoedema Compression Garment Subsidy Scheme (the Scheme) for eligible South Australians to be provided with up to two garments for each affected body part, free of charge. Most garments require replacement after six months wear.
Medical grade compression garments will provide the best results if they are prescribed and measured accurately for each person, manufactured from high quality materials, and then worn and cared for as recommended by the manufacturers.
An FAQ about eligibility criteria, exclusions and inclusions (PDF 170KB) is available.
Subsidised medical grade compression garments can only be provided through the Lymphoedema Compression Garment Subsidy Scheme to people who meet all of the eligibility criteria.
Eligible people must be assessed by an Approved Prescriber, who will then place an order with the Scheme for the appropriate garments.
Approved Prescribers are physiotherapists, occupational therapists and nurses (for example McGrath Breast Care Nurses) who work in lymphoedema or related services.
Talk with your treating clinician about how you can access the scheme. Implementation of the Scheme is not intended to change existing pathways or clinical relationships. Where possible, clients should seek services via existing clinical relationships, in the LHN closest to their residency or via a private provider of their choice.
Note that Private Approved Prescribers will;
Information for health professionals about lymphoedema and treatment options, including compression garments can be accessed through Health Pathways. Health Pathways is a partnership between SA Health, Adelaide Primary Health Network, and Country SA Primary Health Network.
The Australasian Lymphology Association has information resources.
Orders can only be submitted by approved prescribers who have assessed the client and verified that the person is eligible for the Scheme.
Approved prescribing clinicians can discuss with their clients the type of garment to suit their needs, and the best way to manage their condition while they wait for a garment.
Every effort will be made to ensure clients receive their garment(s) as soon as possible. Custom made garments will take longer. If a custom made garment is required, it is usual practice to order one custom made garment for trial, then an additional order made if required.
All garments will be delivered to the Approved Prescriber so that a check of the fit of the garment can be made if required.
Country Health Connect referral form.
From 15 June 2021 all orders must be placed using the Lymphoedema Smart form in Oracle.
See the Procurement and Supply Chain Management's contracts page on the SA Health intranet.
Send applications to HealthContractNotices@sa.gov.au using the LCGSS Prescription form.
Once approval is received, orders can be placed with the garment Supplier. Use the Suppliers product lists. Copies can be requested by emailing HealthContractNotices@sa.gov.au. Note that DHW is only able to pay invoices from Suppliers when notified by the prescriber that the garment has been received.
Feedback from health practitioners about the ordering process can be made by emailing HealthContractNotices@sa.gov.au.
Applicants must provide evidence of meeting the approved prescriber eligibility criteria.
The SA Health Credentialing and Scope of Clinical Practice System (CSCPS) database contains a list of all public and private approved prescribers in SA.
From 1 July 2022, all private clinicians applying for approval status will be required to be accredited with the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) under the Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioners Program (ALPP) and will need to provide evidence of their current ALPP Certificate after this date. Please see the Guideline for the South Australian Lymphoedema Compression Garment Subsidy Scheme (PDF 248KB).
Commencing 15 June 2021, SA Health has agreements with a panel of preferred providers for supply of ready made and custom-made garments for the Scheme.
Information is available including lists of products and each supplier’s garment measurement forms on the Procurement and Supply Chain Management's contracts page on the SA Health intranet.
We encourage patients, prescribers, suppliers and the broader community to provide feedback, complaints, compliments, suggestions and advice.
If your feedback is about the Lymphoedema Compression Garment Subsidy Scheme please contact HealthContractNotices@sa.gov.au marked ‘LCGSS feedback’
If your feedback is about the compression garment measurement/fitting or the lymphoedema service, please talk to your Approved Prescriber, or another member of your clinical care team in the first instance.
If you feel your feedback or concern has not been resolved, you can contact one of the following services:
For private patients
The Lymphoedema Support Group SA Inc. provides information and support for people with lymphoedema.
A guide for public prescribers about notifying into the Safety Learning System (PDF 177KB) is available.
Private prescribers should contact HealthContractNotices@sa.gov.au marked ‘LCGSS incident’.
For more information contact HealthContractNotices@sa.gov.au.