Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP)
RAP is an Australian Government program, administered by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, which provides aids and appliances to eligible members of the veteran community to help them maintain functional independence in their homes. RAP is governed by the Treatment Principles, made pursuant to Section 90 of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA).
Changes to RAP prior approval arrangements
As from January 2013, DVA has removed the need for assessing health providers to seek PA for a number of items listed on the Schedule if certain monetary value are being exceeded.
More information on the prior approval changes
RAP appliances are available to Gold and White card holders on the basis of an assessed clinical need made by an appropriately qualified health provider (eg Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, General Practitioner).
There are six main product groups on the RAP National Schedule of Equipment (the Schedule):
See Factsheet Providers - RAP - Information for Providers about the Rehabilitation Appliances Program (HIP72) (PDF 118kB)