The Children and Young People Equipment Loan Service (CAYPELS) lends equipment to children and young people and their families to maximise their independence in daily living and support their participation in the community. This service is available to all residents of the ACT up to and including to the age of 16 years who require specialised equipment. CAYPELS aims to provide specialised equipment for loan to clinicians, clients and their carers for assessment, trial and loan. The prescribed equipment will be loaned to the parent/carer of the child or young person for an agreed period of time with regular reviews of need and extensions of loan where the item is still required.

As an equipment loan service CAYPELS does not provide assessment and prescription of equipment and requires that clients be referred by a clinician (either public or private sector). Clinicians include Speech Pathologists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.

CAYPELS provides equipment which is specialised and enhances clients’ abilities in the areas of mobility, activities of daily living (e.g. personal care, play, leisure, transport), communication and assistive technology.

Clinician registration

All referring clinicians are required to register with CAYPELS prior to using the service. The clinicians’ employer will be asked to complete a registration form and provide documentation to confirm the clinicians’ qualifications and or where relevant, their registration status and their ability to practise within the ACT.

Equipment inventory

CAYPELS’ Equipment Inventory has information on all items in the CAYPELS equipment pool. Clinicians and clients are encouraged to examine the inventory prior to requesting equipment from CAYPELS. CAYPELS staff are available to advice on whether any particular item is available for loan.

If you require an alternative format, other than PDF, or need assistance with these inventories please contact the CAYPELS team on 6205 1277.

Loaning equipment

All CAYPELS equipment can be loaned to clients or clinicians. CAYPELS equipment can be reserved by clinicians by completing a Clinicians Equipment Loan Deed Schedule and sending this to CAYPELS. This form must be completed for all equipment loaned to a clinician. A Client Equipment Loan Deed Schedule must be completed for any equipment loaned to a client in their home and an Equipment Loan Deed Schedule completed for loans to be in the educational, childcare or respite setting.

The length of CAYPELS loans are as follows:

  • Clinician Loans - 4 weeks
  • Client Loans - 3 months
  • Equipment Loans (in childcare settings) - 3 months
  • Equipment Loans (in Educational settings) - 1 term or due to be returned at the end of each term

Home delivery/collection is normally to be by the clinician or family but in certain circumstances equipment can also be collected or delivered by CAYPELS staff. The relevant section of the Equipment Loan Deed Schedule must be completed when transport of equipment is required.

Equipment returns and extensions of loans

CAYPELS items on loan will be reviewed by CAYPELS staff on a regular basis. CAYPELS administration will notify the clinician and the client in writing when equipment is due to be returned. Clinicians must advise the CAYPELS Coordinator if the equipment is still required. The CAYPELS coordinator will then either arrange collection of the equipment, an extension of the loan period or a swap of the equipment if a service is due.

Contact details

CAYPELS staff are located at the Holder Centre, 26 Weingarth Street, Holder and can be contacted on 6205 1277.

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Page updated: 09 Jul 2020