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MASS Palliative Syringe Driver Program (MASS PSDP)

NOTE: the MASS PSDP program is unavailable until further notice due to syringe driver supply delays. Please monitor this webpage for updates

Trial valid to June 2021

The MASS Palliative Syringe Driver Program (MASS PSDP) is a trial program administered on behalf of the Department of Health under the Care in the Right Setting (CaRs) initiative.  The trial will cease on 30 June 2021.

The program aims to support eligible Queenslanders of all ages with a palliative condition and approaching their end stage of life to remain in their home environment by providing assistance to a syringe injection driver for pain relief.  This program provides access to:

  • 1 x Niki T34 Syringe Injection Driver on a loan basis for up to 6 months.
  • 1 or 2 x Consumables Pack

Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria

The MASS PSDP Guidelines outlines the administrative and clinical eligibility criteria for the program and assists with information on the application process.  In general, applicants may be eligible for assistance through the MASS PSDP if they:

  • Are a permanent Queensland resident with a Queensland delivery address;
  • Provide a Medicare Card number for purpose of unique identification
    • Note: in circumstances where an applicant does not have a Medicare Card, please contact MASS to discuss identification options.
  • Provide a MASS Palliative Confirmation Form signed by palliative care specialist or treating specialist/GP with palliative care specialist consultation.

Application process for Health Professionals

The MASS PSDP operates through a prescriber model where an application is submitted by an approved healthcare practitioner (allied health / medical / nursing) after consultation with the applicant, family and/or carers.

Prescribers need to contact MASS PSDP team on 07 3136 3696 in the first instance, to discuss the applicant’s requirements and application process.

  • MASS PSDP Syringe Injection Driver Application Form
  • MASS Palliative Confirmation Form

Information and Resources

Last updated: 24 August 2020