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10.2.2 The RAP Assessment Process

Last amended 
15 September 2014

Two pathways can be used to access aids and appliances through the Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP):

  • a client may make contact with a suitably qualified health professional in a community based setting, such as a hospital or community health centre. This might commonly occur where a person has had surgery and needs to ensure that they have access to appropriate aids and appliances to support them when they return home; or
  • a client visits their GP or Local Medical Officer (LMO) and asks for referral to a suitably qualified health professional for an assessment for aids and appliances to meet their identified clinical needs.

The RAP National Schedule of Equipment (RAP Schedule) specifies which suitably qualified health providers are able to conduct assessments for particular aids or appliances. For example, the Schedule specifies that an Occupational Therapist (OT), Registered Nurse (RN), Physiotherapist, Local Medical Office (LMO or other GP), Specialist, Chiropractor or Osteopath is able to make an assessment for an adjustable electrical bed.

No matter which pathway is used, the aim of these assessments is to determine a holistic and comprehensive view of the client’s needs, particularly within the context of their living environment. Where specific aids/equipment are recommended, the most appropriate device is then able to be selected based on functional need, safety and the environment in which the device is used.