Medical compression garments include but are not limited to the following: Compression stockings
to manage chronic venous disease and oedema, including varicosities, venous eczema and ulceration
to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis
to manage lymphatic insufficiency
Medical dynamic compression garments
for adjunct management of
hypertonicity in spastic muscles e.g. post stroke or head injury.
involuntary muscle contractions in dystonic movement disorders
low muscle tone disorders by providing proprioceptive feedback
for the management of
hand osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
hand oedema post stroke
Medical compression garments may also be prescribed for the management of burns scars.
DVA does not fund generic sports and athletic training and recovery compression garments.
The DVA client must have an assessed clinical need and a:
Gold Card; or
White Card with an accepted condition, where the item is reasonably necessary for appropriate clinical treatment of the condition.
Suitably qualified health provider
Medical Compression Garments must be prescribed by a suitably qualified health provider as follows:
Registered Nurse (RN)
General Practitioner (GP)
Occupational Therapist (OT)
Prior approval and supporting information is required in the following circumstances:
If the client requires more than 3 garments or 3 pairs (as applicable) per 6 months; and/or
If the contracted / off the shelf items are not suitable, clinical justification is required.
Deciding on the most appropriate item
All assessments must be conducted by a suitably qualified health provider to determine the clinical need for the medical compression garment.
The assessing health provider should recommend and prescribe the most suitable medical compression garment on-contract to meet the DVA client’s clinical need, in consultation with the DVA client or their representative.
When, due to individual clinical circumstances and/or body dimensions, a customised medical compression garment is necessary clinical justification and prior approval is required.