PADP priority rating in NSW
The Centre was commissioned by NSW Health to develop an assessment and priority rating system for the Program of Appliances for Disabled People (PADP). The project aimed to deliver assessment tools that could be used to assess need in a consistent way across NSW and that were acceptable to key stakeholders, based on evidence and consistent with policy.
An extensive literature review and consultation process resulted in support for basing assessment and subsequent consideration of priority on the twin concepts of need (as measured by function) and the capacity of the applicant and their carer to benefit from provision of the equipment requested from PADP.
After pilot testing a suite of assessment and priority rating tools a field trial of the tools was conducted at four sites in NSW. The results indicated that while full uniformity may not be possible, a common and more standardised system is feasible. The full report of the project was delivered to NSW Health in November 2005.
Masso M, Owen A, Stevermuer T, Williams K, Ramsey L, Gordon R and Eagar K (2005) PADP Assessment and Priority Setting based on Need and Capacity to Benefit. Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong.
Masso M, Owen A, Stevermuer T, Williams K and Eagar K (2009) Assessment of need and capacity to benefit for people with a disability requiring aids, appliances and equipment. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 56: 315–323.