Artificial Limb Scheme is a Government Scheme that provides artificial
limbs (prostheses) to eligible Australian residents.
is administered by the South Australian Amputee Limb Service (SAALS).
Transfered from Domiciliary care to HealthSA July 2017 Phone (08) 7425 0060
Transfer to Domiciliary Equipment service (DES) in 2009 (SAALS name
The following information is from the old scheme and will be updated by DES
Qualification for prosthesis through the SAALS
You qualify for prosthesis through this scheme if you have a limb deficiency
either as the result of an amputation or from birth, provided that:
You are a permanent resident of Australia and hold or appear on a Medicare
You have not received and are not entitled to receive compensation or damages
for the incident that led to your limb deficiency ie worker's compensation.
If you are seeking assistance through this scheme, you are required to attend
a Prescribing Amputee Clinic for assessment and prescription for any new or
SAABS office reviews the prescription. Approval for the prosthesis is then
given to your chosen supplier who arranges your appointment.
is your privilege to choose the prosthetic manufacturing company each time
a prescription is written for you. However you cannot change the manufacturing
company once work on your prosthesis has commenced
expectancy of prosthesis
The expected life of an adult prosthesis is three years. Any replacements
within this time limit require a letter of explanation from your prescribing
doctor. There must be sound reasons for a replacement to be authorised within
this time period.
NB: The three years does not apply to children under eighteen years of age.
of prostheses available
Your prescribing doctor at the amputee clinic will prescribe the appropriate
prosthesis for you. All prostheses manufactured through the scheme are constructed
using components approved by the SAABS
A prosthesis may be provided if you have a significant partial foot or hand
amputation that hinders normal activity or prevents you from working.
The SAABS allows for the provision of one prosthesis that meets all or most
of your daily needs.
Special consideration may be given for geographically isolated patients, specific
occupations, or special needs.
All requests will be individually assessed from information provided by yourself,
your doctor or prosthetist.
Although recreational use may be a consideration in determining approval for
a second prosthesis, it will not be given solely on this basis.
For further information please talk to your doctor or prosthetic manufacturer.
If your prosthesis is accidentally damaged or showing signs of wear you should
contact the manufacturer who will arrange for repairs.
If your prosthesis is worn out, ill fitting or otherwise unsatisfactory you
should consult the prosthetic manufacturer or attend a prescribing clinic.
The doctor may prescribe a new prosthesis if necessary .
that have not reached the end of their specified life cannot be replaced without
full medical justification.
socks & accessories
The ALS provides stump socks and cosmetic gloves etc, through your prosthetic
provider. Annual limits do apply.
NB: Silicon type socks or liners are not provided by the SAABS
Contact the prosthetic manufacturers in the state you are visiting for advice
You will have to make your own arrangements if it is necessary to repair or
replace your prosthesis while traveling overseas.