QALS - General Information
What is QALS?
QALS is the administration service responsible for the provision of definitive prosthetic services to eligible residents of Queensland, under the State Governments '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 provided through QALS.
Prosthetic services are provided through Prosthetic Service Providers (PSP), also known as prosthetic limb manufacturers, contracted by QALS. Under the Therapeutics and Goods Act (TGA) 1998, only qualified Prosthetists are permitted to design, manufacture and fit a prosthetic limb, to a person requiring a prosthesis following an amputation. Under the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 2002, a prosthesis is listed as a custom made; single patient use only; Class 1 Medical Device.
QALS also networks with outpatient amputee clinics in both public and private health facilitates to ensure rehabilitation programs and clinical assessments are available to consumers, associated with the ongoing use of their prosthesis.
QALS funds prostheses (prosthetic limbs) for types of amputation levels. A new prosthesis is expected to provide 3 years of use before a replacement is required. A replacement prior to this time period may require clinical justification and/or clarification by the PSP maintaining the prosthetic limb and components. The prosthesis and associated accessories, such as a gel liner, are to be maintained in a clean condition by the consumer. The normal level of provision is one standard prosthetic limb for each amputated limb. Prosthetic limbs should be checked and serviced annual by the PSP. Neglected or misused prosthetic limbs will not be repaired or replaced under QALS funding. Prosthetic limbs / sockets should only be replaced when medically or mechanically justified, not solely upon the age of the prosthesis.
QALS maintains a list of TGA certified standard components available for funding under the Artificial Limb Scheme, for all types of prosthetic limbs, based on different mobility levels for a variety of activity needs. Consumers may co-contribute or self-fund non-standard components beyond what the Government is able to fund. Any additional non-standard components, incorporated into a QALS funded prosthesis, must be discussed with the PSP and agreed it is suitable and safe for the consumers use. Components are expected to last the manufacturers expected period of use and/or warranty period associated with every day use, as identified by the supplier of the prosthetic component.
Socket Replacements and major repairs
Socket replacements and the replacement of major components will require an inspection of the prosthesis, and prior funding approval from QALS, before any repairs can commence. Warranty periods may apply to some components and services. Silicon and Gel liner replacements require prior funding approval before they can be issued, annual funding limits apply.
Minor repairs and annual service
Minor repairs and annual serving to your prosthesis can be arranged directly with the PSP. Warranty periods may apply to some components and services.
Standard consumable items such as- stump socks, shrinkers, gel socks and hand gloves are available to consumers on an annual basis, within set funding limits through the PSP.
Standard prosthetic limbs and services approved for funding by QALS are supplied 'free of charge' to the consumer.
Consumers are encouraged to make appointments with their PSP as they deem necessary, to ensure they have a safe and comfortable fitting prosthesis for their everyday use and attend the appointments made by the PSP.
A person who has received compensation for their injury and/or limb loss should contact QALS to establish their eligibility for prosthetic funding assistance. A person who is seeking compensation may be provided standard prosthetic service assistance by QALS, until their legal matters are finalised. Contact the QALS office to identify what services are provided and/or re-admission process following compensation.