Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme (MASS)

The Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme (MASS) provides funding for medical aids and equipment to eligible Queensland residents who have a permanent and stabilised condition or a disability. The scheme helps people to live at home and avoid early or inappropriate residential care or hospitalisation.

Aids and equipment are subsidy funded on a permanent loan basis, through private ownership or the supply of consumables. If you pay for more than 50% of the cost for an item, you can choose to take ownership, rather than having a permanent loan. However, this means that you are responsible for all repairs to that item.

MASS General Guidelines

The MASS General Guidelines (PDF, 474kB) www.health.qld.gov.au/mass/documents/mass-general-guidelines.pdf assist prescribers in submitting applications to MASS and are updated regularly to reflect new requirements and eligibility criteria. In general, clients may be eligible for assistance under MASS if they:

  • are a permanent resident of Queensland
  • have a permanent/stable condition or disability
  • hold a pensioner concession card, health care card or Queensland Government Senior Card
  • meet specific clinical eligibility criteria relevant to the aid.

Relevant application guidelines and forms for each scheme or aid/equipment provide detailed information regarding eligibility requirements.

Types of aids and equipment

  • communication aids
  • continence aids
  • daily living and mobility aids (see below list of items available)
  • home oxygen
  • medical grade footwear
  • orthoses
  • spectacles

Daily living and mobility aids including

  • wheeled walking aids
  • manual and powers wheelchairs
  • tilt in space manual wheelchairs
  • bathing and toileting aids
  • hoists and slings
  • pressure redistribution cushion, mattress or overlay
  • positioning sleep system.

How to apply

Consult with an eligible prescriber to assist with assessment and selection of appropriate aids and equipment. The prescriber will complete MASS 20 Daily Living Aids and Mobility Equipment and any extra documentation required.

Eligible prescribers

Applicants wishing to apply must consult an:

  • Occupational Therapist (OT); or
  • Physiotherapist (PT); or
  • Rehabilitation Engineer

If you don’t have access to a clinician, contact MASS to find out who you can see for assessment In rural and remote areas, a Registered Nurse may complete the application in consultation with one of the allied health professionals listed above.

Your clinician will work with you to review your needs and assist you in choosing the most appropriate aid. They will arrange trials of the aid so you can try it first, to see if it suits your needs.

Once you have chosen the aid, your clinician will help you complete the application forms

More information

Contact MASS if you have any questions about applying for mobility aids.

Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme (MASS)

For general enquiries:
Phone (07) 3136 3636 or 1300 443 570 (toll free)
Email mass184@health.qld.gov.au

CAEATI

Community Aids Equipment and Assistive Technology
Initiative (CAEATI) Guidelines

The Community Aids Equipment and Assistive Technologies Initiative (CAEATI) will ensure equitable access for Disability Services’ clients to subsidy funding for Aids, Equipment and Assistive Technologies (AEAT) with a straightforward and streamlined process.

Intent

CAEATI will enable people with a disability to participate in their communities of choice by funding a range of aids equipment & assistive technologies that connect their choices with funded options.

CAEATI will

  • Enable clients to make choices about how their aids and equipment funding is directed
  • Provide streamlined and equitable access to Disability Services eligible clients across Queensland
  • Subsidise aids equipment and assistive technologies that enable community access
  • Align closely with other government agencies to deliver an integrated service provision
  • Ensure that Government funding optimises economies of scale and best possible value

CAEATI subsidy funding is provided within the following categories

  • COMMUNICATION SUPPORT
  • COMMUNITY MOBILITY
  • ACTIVE PARTICIPATION
  • POSTURAL SUPPORT

FUNDING IS CAPPED AT $10,000 PER CLIENT FOR A PERIOD OF 3 YEARS

Further information including eligibility and specific products funded can be found at www.health.qld.gov.au/mass/documents/guidelines-community-access.pdf