Disability

Equipment and assistive technology for people with disability

Specialist equipment and assistive technology helps people with disability manage their personal care, communication, mobility, safety and comfort.

Department of Human Services (DHS) Equipment Program

You may be able to access the DHS Equipment Program if:

  • you are a client of Disability SA or Minda Inc, and you are not an NDIS participant

or

  • you meet the eligibility criteria for equipment and home modifications through specific funding streams:
    • Advanced Palliative Equipment Response
    • Adults with Chronic Conditions
    • Customised Mobility
    • Orthoses and medical grade footwear
    • Wigs.

Once your equipment has been approved, Domiciliary Equipment Service (DES) will supply and manage your equipment.

Equipment repairs

DES provides a repair service for items borrowed from the DHS Equipment Program.

Report damaged equipment to DES as soon as you can, so it can be repaired or exchanged.

Contacting Domiciliary Equipment Service (DES)

General enquiries

Phone 1300 295 786
Domiciliary Equipment Service (DES)

Equipment repairs

Phone 1300 130 302
Email dhs.desrepairs@sa.gov.au

Other ways to access equipment

Hospital

If you are in hospital and need equipment support to get home, speak with your doctor, nurse or social worker about your options.

Private hire

You may be able to hire equipment privately through Domiciliary Equipment Service (DES) or other suppliers.

Weekly rental charges (including a once-off delivery charge) apply for DES private hire.

Phone DES on 1300 295 786
DES equipment catalogue

Independent Living Centre

The Independent Living Centre (ILC) provides free information and advice about equipment, technology and techniques to help you maintain your independence. They have a display centre in Gilles Plains with many examples of equipment and assistive technology.

The ILC does not sell equipment, but can give you information about suppliers and their prices.

The ILC provides a mobile service to country areas.

Phone 1300 885 886
Independent Living Centre

Lifetime Support Scheme

The Lifetime Support Scheme provides treatment, care and support for people who have sustained very serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident, regardless of fault.

Phone 1300 880 849
Lifetime Support Scheme

National Disability Insurance Scheme – South Australia

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support for people under 65 years who are living with disability.

NDIS equipment and assistive technology

Help with equipment running costs

The Commonwealth and state governments both have schemes to help people afford essential medical equipment.

Commonwealth Essential Medical Equipment Payment

State government Medical Heating and Cooling Concession


Related information

On this site

Other websites

Technology for Ageing and Disability (SA) Inc - custom equipment for people with disability


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Page last updated 1 February 2019

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Last Updated:
01/02/19
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