QALS - Queensland Artificial Limb Service
QALS is the administration service responsible for the provision of definitive prosthetic services to eligible residents of Queensland through the Queensland Government's 'Artificial Limb Scheme'.
The Artificial Limb Scheme funds a variety of standard definitive prosthetic services for people requiring a definitive prosthesis (artificial limb), for basic day to day activities. Annual funding limits apply to all services funded through QALS.
QALS provides administration support for prosthetic services funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP) using QALS procedures.
Registration with QALS is a simple process, normally a single page form is all that is required, depending on the circumstances. The person requiring the funding support for definitive prosthetic services must be:
- Aged 65 years or older;
- be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or a holder of a protected special category visa (SCV);
- listed on a current Medicare Card with no restrictions.
- Completed an ‘interim rehabilitation program’, assessed and deemed competent and suitable to use a prosthetic limb
- Not obtaining prosthetic funding support or services through another Government agency or state service
The Prosthetic Limb Flowchart outlines the process of receiving a prosthetic limb from QALS.
Prosthetic services are funded by QALS on the understanding that consumers wear and use their prosthetic limbs at their own risk.
QALS facilitates the provision of basic prosthetic services via a network of government contracted Prosthetic Service Providers (PSP), also known as prosthetic limb manufacturers. PSP have experienced Prosthetists, who are allied health professionals, specifically qualified and trained in the assessing, designing, manufacturing, fit and alignment of prosthetic limbs.
QALS works in collaboration with amputee outpatient clinics, in both public and private health facilities. The amputee clinics provide consumers with their medical, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and prosthetic rehabilitation. Clinical and mobility assessments are provided to QALS by the clinic’s Rehabilitation Specialist and/or Physiotherapist.
Contact the QALS office if you require more information or to establish your eligibility and funding entitlements under the State Government’s 'Artificial Limb Scheme'.
If you have not completed an interim rehabilitation program, or need to be assessed and deemed suitable for prosthetic use: Please contact your nearest Amputee Clinic
If you are seeking, receiving or have received compensation for your limb loss: funding is through WorkCover, NIISQ (or other state equivalent) Travel Insurance or Private funding and meet other QALS eligibility criteria please contact QALS regarding registration.
If you are under 64 years or younger: you will need to register with the NDIS for definitive funding support. For Information on the NDIS in Queensland:
- To browse the national NDIS website visit here
- For information on NDIS Participant Plans and your NDIS pathway visit here
- Fact Sheets are available from the NDIS here
Client Service Officer
We are located at: The MASS Building, 41 Southgate Avenue, Cannon Hill, Qld 4170
PO Box 281 Cannon Hill, Qld 4170
Contact details: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: (07) 3136 3660
Fax: (07) 3136 3650