Subsidy funding is available under the Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme (MASS) to support eligible Queenslanders who require daily living and mobility aids.
Available mobility aids
- Infant/child seated mobility aids
- Manual and power wheelchairs and accessories/modifications
- Wheeled walking aids
- Foam and pressure redistribution - Wheelchair Cushions
Occupational therapists, physiotherapists and rehabilitation engineers are eligible to prescribe. In rural and remote areas, a registered nurse can prescribe (with designated specialist endorsement).
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 1933 kB) and the Application Form specific to the type of device.
NEW - Basic Mobility Aids Trial
MASS recognises that increased frailty and declining functional ability 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, which aims to address this issue by increasing available options for prescribers when applying for mobility aids (manual and power wheelchair) required for effective mobility to maintain independence, to assist carer’s in managing clients mobility needs at home and prevent premature hospital admission.
This trial introduces a new range of basic manual and power wheelchair options for provision as per the clinical criteria noted in the Basic Mobility Aids Trial Guidelines (PDF 220 kB), which is supplementary to the Application Guidelines for Mobility Aids (PDF 334 kB). These new categories will support the current MASS eligibility requirements for “The most basic mobility item which meets the applicants needs for seating, mobility and functional activities to be requested”.
Funding for these basic manual and power wheelchair categories is on a trial basis only. MASS has not received additional funding to support this initiative and the viability of the trial is dependent on existing budget constraints being met.
Basic Definition – off the shelf, lightweight, foldable/transportable, cost effective, no requirement for adjustability.
Mobility aid application guidelines (including current subsidy amounts)
- Application Guidelines for Mobility Aids (PDF 334 kB)
- Application Guidelines for Pressure Redistribution Support Surfaces (PDF 301 kB)
Mobility aid resources
- Applicant Information Sheet for Daily Living and Mobility Equipment Subsidy Funding (MASS 20)
(PDF 241 kB)
- Equipment Services Application Process Flowchart (PDF 108 kB)
- Equipment Services Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 199 kB)
- Supporting Information Power Assist (PDF 317 kB)
Mobility aid 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 Mobility Aids Applications
- MASS 20 DLA/MOB - Daily Living Aids and Mobility Equipment Application Form (PDF 1933 kB)
- MASS 82 - Consent for Photograph/Video Form (PDF 790 kB)
- MASS 24 - Home Access Checklist for Power Wheelchairs (PDF 1189 kB)
- MASS28 - Standing Wheelchair Checklist (under review)
- Standing Wheelchair Subsidy Funding Declaration (PDF 1026 kB)
Equipment letter template
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 50 kB)
- Brisbane Warehouse Powerdrive Wheelchair Stocklist (XLSX 27 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 1654 kB)
- Process for requesting MASS stock equipment trial (PDF 127 kB)
- Stock Reallocation Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 304 kB)
- MASS may request that a generic script form is submitted by prescribers for mobility aids, in addition to the current MASS 26 trial form. The script forms allow prescribers to specify the mobility aids set up and configuration to optimise the success of the stock trial.
Advice and clinical support
For clinical advice and support when prescribing mobility aids, please contact the relevant MASS Principal Aids Advisor.