Ministry of Health Communication Assisstive Technology Level 1
Eligible Health Professionals wishing to become a Credentialed Communication Assistive Technology Level 1 EMS Assessor will need to successfully complete requirements as outlined in the Competency Framework via EMS Assessor Online before making a service request to Enable New Zealand.
For information on the full Communication Assistive Technology Competency Framework follow this link: www.disabilityfunding.co.nz
As part of the Disability Support Services EMS Accreditation Framework Communication Assistive Technology Credential, the Ministry of Health Equipment and Modification Accreditation Framework requires assessors to receive supervision for this role. Supervision provides a mentoring role that aims to help the assessor to learn from advice and discussion of casework to progress their expertise while ensuring good service to the client.
Supervision consists of the EMS Assessor meeting regularly (in person or online face-to-face) with a supervisor to provide advice and discuss casework (recent assessments undertaken) in a structured way.
A supervisor will be an existing EMS Assessor with no less than two years’ experience. The supervisor does not need to be more senior or of the same professional discipline, but will have at least equivalent expertise and training.
It is recognised that it is not always easy to have access to a “supervisor”. Therefore ATANZ can assist with providing supervision opportunities.
- Attend the Aotearoa AAC Special Interest Group (SIG). This has the option of attending via Zoom. You can contact the coordinators for further information. The BOP and South Island SIGs have decided to join the Aotearoa SIG with the option to still meet locally for local issues and topics.
- Updates on new or updated communication equipment
- CAT accreditation pathways
- Case studies
- Supporting teams in using AAC
- Feedback on PD events
Coordinators: Meryl Bowen, Kristy McCallum
AAC SIG for Adult clients
- Visit the TalkLink Trust Blog https://talklink.org.nz/resources for useful Tip of the Month information as well as information on upcoming events.
- Join ATANZ on Facebook here.
CAT level 1 tablet applications:
Support with tablet applications and setting up equipment:
- Complete SETT framework for client.
- Once you have identified options for trial, request equipment for trial from ATANZ using the support form and complete your trials.
- After equipment trials, write an assessment report if you are wanting to apply for funding from MOH. If you are not applying for funding, we recommend that you keep a copy of your assessment notes, in case you are audited by MOH. You need to complete nine assessments over a 3-year period to keep your CAT accreditation. These do not need to result in a funding application.
- Save final report as PDF
- Once report is completed, peer reviewed and quotes obtained, log into Enable EMS portal to complete funding through MOH
- Equipment should be sent to TalkLink from the supplier for setup and asset labelling and will then be sent to the CAT assessor to deliver to the client.
Repairs or like-for-like replacement process:
Support from Talklink
TalkLink trust have put together a simplified referral form for CAT 1 support requests. This form has multiple uses:
- It can be used to request loans of trial equipment from the ATANZ Loan Equipment pool.
- TalkLink also requests that it is used by CAT Level 1 therapists wishing to put in service requests for tablet devices. The MoH Communication Assistive Technology Competency Framework states that CAT Level 1 assessors may submit service requests for tablet devices where:
- the person is able to “direct access” (i.e., not via a switch or eye-gaze system)
- there are no complex environmental factors that may affect the use of the tablet
- the proposed Service Request has been discussed with the Ministry’s Specialist Assessment Service (Communication Assistive Technology)* before being submitted to the EMS Provider and this consultation has been recorded on the EMS Assessor Section of the EMS Prioritisation Tool.”
- It can be used to request assessment support.
* The current contracted Ministry of Health Specialist Assessment Service (Communication Assistive Technology) is TalkLink Trust
The CAT support request form can be found here:
Talklink also has put together supporting documentation and support packages regarding regarding CAT 1 support, which can be accessed on the TalkLink website: