Equipment

The TAC uses both contracted and non-contracted suppliers to provide clients with clinically justified rehabilitation and medical equipment.  Where appropriate, suppliers also offer maintenance, repairs and installation services.

Contracted suppliers provide state-wide equipment coverage as well as interstate coverage where required. Treating health professionals and TAC clients are encouraged to visit contracted suppliers, as they offer demonstrations, fittings, trials and expert advice on rehabilitation equipment.  Contracted equipment suppliers offer an equipment ordering portal that treating health professionals and TAC clients can use to order the rehabilitation and medical equipment they need.

We can pay for basic equipment under $1,000 without prior approval.  For equipment over $1,000 or specialised equipment please use the equipment prescription form.

To find out more information on our suppliers and to access the equipment ordering portals please visit:

For continence equipment:

Non-contracted suppliers are used to source specialised or highly customised items of equipment or items that are not included on the Equipment Lists.

For further information about Equipment, please refer to the Equipment policy and the information sheets below.

Equipment

Equipment refers to items that are used to assist a person's recovery following a transport related injury. Use of equipment may help address one or more of the following aspects of an injured person's recovery:

  • mobility
  • function
  • independence
  • community involvement (through return to work, educational or leisure activities)
  • relief of pain or discomfort
  • communication
  • safe environment.

Equipment is recommended to a TAC client by their treating health professional.   A treating health professional may recommend equipment related to their area of expertise and/or scope of treatment.

Equipment List

The Equipment Lists are a resource developed for treating health professionals to use when recommending equipment to their patients. These lists will streamline processes for ordering equipment and ensure availability, resulting in less delays and improved outcomes for your patient.

The Lists includes over 4,000 items which support functional improvement and/or independence for TAC clients. These items have been divided into 15 categories.  Please note each suppliers equipment ordering portal contains a detailed description and photo of each item found on the equipment list.

Continence, Nutritional Supplements and Wound Care Equipment List

The Continence, Nutritional Supplements and Wound Care Equipment List is a resource developed for treating health professionals to use when recommending equipment and products for their patients. The List will streamline processes for ordering equipment and products ensuring availability, resulting
in less delays and improved outcomes for your patient.

The List includes items which support continence, nutritional and wound care management and/or independence for TAC clients. These items have been divided into 3 categories titled Continence, Nutritional Supplements and Wound Care.

Please note that Independence Australia is the sole contracted supplier for Continence, Nutritional Supplements and Wound Care equipment and products. If you require a product that does not appear on the list please contact Independence Australia on 1300 788 855 and ask to be connected with the TAC
Customer Service Team who can assist you with pricing.

You can also see a description of Independence Australia products by visiting http://store.independenceaustralia.com/

How to recommend items on the list

You will be required to recommend items from the equipment lists when treating a TAC client.  To do this please submit a written request, or a Equipment Prescription Form for any of the following items:

  • Wheelchairs
  • Pressure cushions
  • Powered conversion kits
  • Hoists
  • Scooters
  • Bikes
  • Recumbent trikes
  • Single items that cost more than $1,500
  • Beds
  • Mattresses
  • Standing frames
  • Tilt tables
  • Treatment couches
  • Large exercise equipment
  • Lounge chairs/Tilt recliners
  • Custom toilet / shower / commode chairs
  • Shower trolleys
  • Mainstream multifunctional technology (ie. tablets, smartphones, computers, etc.)
  • Ramps

To recommend items that are not included on the equipment lists, such as specialised or custom equipment, please complete the Equipment Prescription Form and submit to the TAC.  Clinical justification must be provided when similar items are available on the equipment lists.

For all high cost customised items a standardised quote is also required with the submission of the Equipment Prescription Form. Equipment suppliers should provide a standardised quote to you using the Equipment Prescription Form Template Quote below. For further information about standardised quotes please refer to the Equipment Prescription Form Template Quote notes.

    Emergency Equipment Repairs

    All repair requests should be directed to one of the TAC Equipment Contractors in the first instance during business hours. The only exception should be if a client requires an emergency (client at high safety risk) equipment repair outside business hours (9am – 5pm)  Monday to Friday.

    In this situation, the client or their support staff can contact the following numbers for assistance :

    Independence Australia in partnership with (VHHE) on 1800 765 833 during:
    Weekdays 5pm-9am
    Weekends and Public Holidays 24 hours

    Aidacare on 1300 133 128 or servicevic@aidacare.com.au during:
    Weekdays 5pm-11pm
    Weekends and Public Holidays 9am-5pm

    Country Care Group on  1800 843 224 during:
    Weekdays 5pm-10pm
    Weekends and Public Holidays 9am-5pm