Daily living aids
Subsidy funding is available under the Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme (MASS) to support eligible Queenslanders who require daily living aids.
Available daily living aids
- Non standard bathboards (raised/backrest/extended and/or padded only)
- Static commodes
- Bath transfer benches/swivel bathseat/bath hoist or other item of equipment which achieves the same function
- Mobile floor hoists and slings; mobile shower commode, and necessary accessories and/or modifications
- Pressure redistribution mattresses
- Sleep positioning systems
Trial – Pressure Redistribution Support Surfaces
MASS recognises that pressure injuries impact directly on an individual’s health, wellbeing, comfort and places them at significant risk of avoidable/premature hospital admission.
MASS is conducting a trial from January 2021 to December 2021, which aims to address this issue by increasing available options for prescribers when applying for pressure redistribution support surfaces required for seating in a recliner/lounge chair or lying in a bed.
This trial will allow provision of a pressure redistribution support surface for seating in a recliner/lounge chair (Daily Living Aid), as per the criteria noted in this trial, which is supplementary to the Application Guidelines for Pressure Redistribution Mattress/Overlay and Sleep Positioning System. (PDF 294 kB)
Please refer to the following for more information:
- Pressure Redistribution Support Surfaces Trial, Daily Living Aids (PDF 220 kB)
- Pressure Redistribution Support Surfaces Trial Application Process (PDF 183 kB)
Occupational therapists, physiotherapists and rehabilitation engineers are eligible to prescribe. In rural and remote areas, a registered nurse can prescribe (with designated specialist endorsement).
How to prescribe
Specific eligibility, application and documentation requirements are provided in the MASS General Guidelines (PDF 460 kB) and application guidelines relevant to the type of aid. Prescribers conduct specialist assessments to determine the aids and equipment needs of clients. Prescribers can access MASS stock equipment for a maximum two week trial if they intend to prescribe the aid for an eligible client.
Once a suitable device has been selected, prescribers work with the client to complete and submit the MASS 20 DLA/MOB - Daily Living Aids and Mobility Equipment Application Form (PDF 1104 kB) and the Application Form specific to the type of device.
Daily living aid application guidelines (including current subsidy amounts)
- Application Guidelines for Bathing and Toileting Aids (PDF 405 kB)
- Application Guidelines for Hoists and Slings (PDF 361 kB)
- Application Guidelines for Pressure Redistribution Mattress/Overlay or Sleep Positioning System (PDF 294 kB)
Daily living aids resources
- Applicant Information Sheet for Daily Living and Mobility Equipment Subsidy Funding (MASS 20)
(PDF 241 kB)
- Equipment Services Application Process Flowchart (PDF 27 kB)
- Equipment Services Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 334 kB)
Daily living application forms
MASS-eApply (online applications) is the preferred method of application submission. To register click here or for further information click here. Tutorials on completing MASS-eApply applications can be found here.
- Login to MASS-eApply to complete online Daily Living Aids Applications
- MASS 20 DLA/MOB - Daily Living Aids and Mobility Equipment Application Form (PDF 1104 kB)
- MASS 20 BTA - Application Form for Bathing and Toileting Aids (PDF 1198 kB)
- MASS 23 - Specification Form For Non-Standard Bathboards (PDF 202 kB)
- MASS 25 - Hoist and Sling Compatibility Checklist (PDF 693 kB)
- MASS 27 - Ceiling Hoist Checklist (PDF 521 kB)
- Ceiling Hoist Subsidy Funding Declaration (PDF 159 kB)
IMPORTANT: The MASS 20 BTA Application Form in PDF version will be discontinued from 1 January 2022 and applications will be required to be submitted via MASS-eApply or on the MASS20 DLA/MOB Application Form PDF. Prescribers are encouraged to register for MASS-eApply if they have not already done so.
Equipment letter templates
- Daily Living Aids and Mobility Equipment Letter Template Brisbane (PDF 728 kB)
- Daily Living Aids and Mobility Equipment Letter Template Townsville (PDF 728 kB)
MASS WAREHOUSE STOCK
** COMMENCING 25 January 2021 **
Access to MASS stock for trial and allocation for eligible clients is currently limited to applicants for urgent Hospital discharge (including TCP, PACS), other urgent circumstances on consultation with MASS or where the item/s required by the applicant will result in a large copayment.
Monday to Friday – tele or video conference available
- Brisbane Warehouse Stocklist (XLSX 51 kB)
- Brisbane Warehouse Mobile Shower Commode Stocklist (XLSX 26 kB)
- Townsville Warehouse Stocklist (XLSX 22 kB)
The MASS warehouses will remain closed to visitors due to COVID-19. Please monitor this website for updates.
- Brisbane – open warehouse on Wednesday and Thursday – CLOSED
- Townsville – open warehouse – CLOSED
Note: return of stock items to the warehouse must be organised by MASS via courier, due to COVID-19 cleaning and infection control requirements.
- MASS 26 - Request to Trial MASS Stock Equipment (PDF 1658 kB)
- Process for requesting MASS stock equipment trial (PDF 127 kB)
- Stock Reallocation Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 304 kB)
- MASS is currently trialing new generic script forms as part of a process improvement initiative in relation to the MASS stock trial and selection processes. These forms can be completed and submitted by prescribers in addition to the current MASS 26 trial form. The script forms allow prescribers to specify the mobile shower chairs set up and configuration to optimise the success of the stock trial.