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Spinal and lower limb orthoses

Subsidy funding is available under the Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme (MASS) to support eligible Queenslanders who require spinal and lower limb orthoses.

The guidelines relating to reapplication for Medical Grade Footwear/Orthoses will change from 1 October 2017.

From 1 October, the eligibility timeframes for Medical Grade Footwear/Orthoses will be:

Adults (16 years and older)         18 months

Children (under 16 years)           12 months

The reapplication timeframes will be from the date of last approval, and will apply to all applications received from 1 October. Applications received before that date will be subject to the existing timeframes.

Applications inside the new eligibility  periods will be considered on a case by case basis, but will require a written request supported by clinical reasoning.

Available orthoses

  • Hip knee ankle foot orthoses (HKAFO)
  • Ankle foot orthoses (AFO)
  • Knee orthoses (KO)
  • Cervical orthoses (CO)
  • Thoracic-lumbo-sacral orthoses (TLSO)
  • Cervico-thoraco-lumbo-sacral orthoses (CTLSO)
  • approved modifications and components that are part of the current prescription.

MASS does not subsidise

  • Prostheses for upper and/or lower limbs - contact Queensland Artificial Limb Service (QALS)
  • Pressure garments/surgical stockings for oedema, circulatory control, scar management, postural support and neurological control
  • Reciprocating gait orthoses (rgos) or equivalent mobility items
  • Surgical corsets
  • Cervical collars
  • Foot orthoses - insoles, inserts, arch supports, heel cushions, heel cups when not included with an application for medical grade footwear
  • Upper limb orthoses
  • Cranial orthoses
  • Thoraco-lumbo-sacral-hip-knee-ankle-foot support or equivalent (parapodium standing frame)
  • Hip abduction orthoses
  • Stock "sports type" guards (eg. For knee, ankle, wrist, elbow)
  • Knee immobiliser (eg. Richard Depuy)
  • Patella bands.

Eligible prescribers

  • Private orthopaedic surgeons
  • Medical specialists in rheumatology, rehabilitation, geriatrics and neurology

How to prescribe

Specific eligibility, application and documentation requirements are provided in both the MASS General Guidelines (PDF, 474kB) and Application Guidelines for Orthoses (PDF, 476kB). Applicants should seek a referral to an orthotist approved by MASS for a medical prescription and quotation to include with their application form. As part of determining clinical eligibility, a photograph of the applicant wearing the orthoses is required. The prescriber then works with the applicant to complete and submit the application form. Re-applications for subsidy funding must be 12 months from the last approval for adults (16 years and older) and 9 months for children (under 16 years).

Application guidelines (including current subsidy amounts)

Application forms

Approved orthotists

Resources for clinicians

Advice and clinical support

Contact the MASS Principal Medical Advisor for Orthoses.

Last updated: 16 November 2015

Information for applicants

Find out about:

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

Suppliers

Find a list of orthotists approved by the Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme.