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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 one of these applies:
- you are a client of Disability SA or Minda Inc, and you are not an NDIS participant
- 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
Once your equipment has been approved, Domiciliary Equipment Service (DES) will supply and manage your equipment.
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)
Other ways to access equipment
If you are in hospital and need equipment support to get home, speak with your doctor, nurse or social worker about your options.
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.
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.
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.
National Disability Insurance Scheme
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support for people under 65 years who are living with disability.
Help with equipment running costs
Both the Australian Government and the state government have schemes to help people afford essential medical equipment:
- Essential Medical Equipment Payment - Australian Government
- Medical Heating and Cooling Concession - state government.
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