The role of medical practitioners in relation to EMEP is to assist people to complete their claim form by certifying that they, or the person they are caring for is:
Medical practitioners will provide this certification by completing and signing a section of the EMEP claim form.
A medical practitioner is defined in SSAct section 23 to mean a person registered and licensed as a medical practitioner under a state or territory law that provides for the registration or licensing of medical practitioners. A medical practitioner may be:
In remote areas where there is limited access to doctors, a community nurse or aboriginal health worker can provide the relevant certification. In this case, the nurse or aboriginal health worker provides the certification based on clinical notes from a medical practitioner, and the diagnosis must have been made by a medical practitioner.
Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'medical practitioner'
Where the person with medical needs, or their carer, currently qualifies for assistance for the same equipment under one of the state or territory government schemes. Medical practitioners are not required to verify that the medical equipment is required.
Receipt of assistance through one of these schemes is accepted as proof that the medical equipment is required.
Medical practitioners are required to assist in the completion of claim forms for all people who are claiming an EMEP because of their need for medical heating/cooling. Evidence of qualification for a state or territory government heating/cooling rebate cannot be used as evidence of qualification for the EMEP, because the qualification criteria for the state and territory schemes vary considerably, and are not consistent with the EMEP qualification criteria.
Where a person claims an EMEP in respect of a piece of essential medical equipment that appears on the EMEP equipment list, the medical practitioner certifies that:
Where the person claims an EMEP as they have a medical requirement for heating/cooling, the medical practitioner certifies that:
Note: In determining whether a person has an inability to regulate body temperature, for the purposes of the EMEP, consideration should be given whether a person would risk serious harm to his or her health without medically required heating and/or cooling.
Last reviewed: 1 June 2012