Clinical Technology Services
Clinical Technology Services provides the following services to the ACT community and surrounding NSW region from the Village Creek Campus:
- Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O) Service
- Specialised Wheelchair and Posture Seating Service (SWAPS)
- Clinical Technology Workshop-Equipment Repairs and Modifications
Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O) Service
The Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O) Service provides assessment, advice, manufacture, fitting and ongoing support in relation to prosthetics, orthotics and medical grade footwear.
- Prosthetics is the provision of clinical care and artificial limbs to amputees.
- Orthotics is the provision of devices to support or align the body, to reduce pain and enhance mobility and function.
- Medical Grade Footwear refers to shoes designed to help with specific foot conditions that cannot be accommodated by standard off the shelf footwear.
Services are provided in the inpatient, community day-stay and community settings. Our services include:
- the prescription of prefabricated, customised or custom-made devices based on clinical and individual client needs.
- assistance and support in organising funding for devices where available.
- Fitting, adjustment and manufacture of required devices.
- Review and maintenance of devices to ensure they meet client needs.
Specialised Wheelchair and Posture Seating (SWAPS) Service
The Specialised Wheelchair and Posture Seating (SWAPS) Service is a tertiary level consultancy service that provides specialised clinical support and advice to primary therapists working with clients with complex wheelchair and/or seating needs. The SWAPS therapist can provide:
- Comprehensive assessment of a client’s physical and postural needs.
- Information and advice regarding equipment needs and options.
- Assistance with the trial and review of equipment
- Assistance with prescription of wheelchair and seating equipment and / or systems.
- Assistance with identifying and coordinating modification and / or customisation of equipment with other services including the Clinical Technology Workshop.
The SWAPS clinician works with a client’s primary therapist to ensure equipment prescription, funding and provision is coordinated and takes into consideration all relevant information related to a client’s function and needs.
Clinical Technology Workshop (CTW) - Equipment Repairs and Modifications
The Clinical Technology Workshop (CTW) provides the following services in relation to daily living and mobility equipment:
- Servicing and repairs
- Modification and adjustments
- Custom design and manufacture of componentry or devices in collaboration with a client’s treating therapist and / or the SWAPS service.
- Mobile and in-home van service for ACT residents if appropriate.
Daily living and mobility equipment includes: manual and power wheelchairs, accessories for use with wheelchairs, wheeled commodes, hoists and hospital beds.
Funding of Services
Clients who meet the eligibility criteria for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) need to apply to the NDIS and ensure funding for our services are included in their plan. All Clinical Technology Services are funded as ‘in-kind’ NDIS services.
Clients not eligible for funding under the NDIS can either access our services as public or privately funded clients. Our services are able to assist clients identify whether they are eligible for funding of services or equipment through alternate funding sources.
Referrals and bookings
Prosthetics and Orthotics Service referrals should be made via the Community Health Intake (CHI) Service. Referrals are accepted from clients, carers, GPs and other health care providers.
Specialised Wheelchair and Posture Seating (SWAPS) Service referrals need to be made by a client’s primary treating therapist via the Community Health Intake (CHI) Service.
Clinical Technology Workshop referrals for equipment repair can be made by contacting Village Creek Reception directly. Referrals are accepted from clients, carers and other service providers. For equipment modifications or customisation, referral must be made by the treating therapist via the Village Creek Reception.
Village Creek Reception on (02) 6207 0658.
By mail at:
Village Creek Centre
PO Box 11
WODEN ACT 2606
Community Health Intake (CHI)
Phone (02) 6207 9977 or Fax (02) 6205 2611
The Clinical Technology Service is located at:
Village Creek Centre
37 Kingsmill Street
KAMBAH ACT 2902
8.30am - 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).