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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 June 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 213 kB)

Please refer to the following for more information:

Eligible prescribers

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 1692 kB) and the Application Form specific to the type of device.

Daily living aid application guidelines (including current subsidy amounts)

Daily living aids resources

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.

Equipment letter templates

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.

Brisbane: MASS-Stock@health.qld.gov.au
Monday to Friday – tele or video conference available

Townsville: MASS-Equipment-TSV@health.qld.gov.au

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.

Last updated: 25 January 2021

Information for applicants

Contact MASS

Find out about:

  • Types of aids and equipment
  • Eligibility
  • How to apply.

Products and suppliers

Find a list of Standing Offer Arrangement (SOA) daily living aids and suppliers.

Resources

Find fact sheets and videos to help clients with setting up, using and maintaining their daily living aid.

Online Applications

MASS-eApply is available for prescribers to register and submit applications to MASS.