The Commonwealth Department of Health & Family Services
makes available a wide range of both pharmaceutical supplies and stoma
appliances for members of the Association, which organises purchase from the
suppliers, reimbursement of costs by the Commonwealth, and distribution of
supplies to Association members. Apart from membership dues and any postage
costs (currently $8 per package for members utilising the service) provision and
distribution of approved supplies within the authorised quantities is completely
free to Association Members.
Not all items requested by members are on the "Free
List", and where such items are ordered, the Supply Officer will advise the
relevant member of price and availability. Each item which is on the "Free
List" has a scale of authorised issue which is monitored and rigidly
enforced by the Health Insurance Commission. The scale of issue is quite
adequate and delivery from suppliers is prompt. Members should not order
supplies in excess of their needs.
Where, for medical reasons, supplies in excess of the
authorised quantity are needed, a Doctor or Stomal Therapy Nurse must certify,
on a special Health Insurance Commission Form (available upon request to the
Association), the relevant medical circumstances leading to the requirement for
increased supplies. The certification must state the number of appliances
required and must be renewed each six months if the medical condition persists.
Members are expected to order their supplies each month to
cover in advance their needs for the following month. Wherever practicable, the
Association prefers members (or an authorised person) to collect their supplies
and to re-order at the rooms of the Association. Where ordering and supply by
post is necessary, an order must be placed upon the Association form which will
be included in each package containing the current month’s supplies.