CAT Support

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: http://www.disabilityfunding.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/54596/Communication-Assistive-Technology-Competency-Framework-Final-July-2014.pdf

Requirements:

Supervision:

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 an AAC Special Interest Group (SIG) in your local area. Some of these have the option of attending via Zoom or Skype. You can contact the coordinator for further information.

    AAC for Older Learners SIG – Auckland

    This is a multi-disciplinary special interest group specifically for people who work with young adults and adults with developmental disabilities. It is open to anyone from any professional background who works in this area and wants to learn more about augmentative and alternative communicationIt is a great opportunity to share resources, discuss best practice in using AAC and keep up to date with new AAC equipment. Sessions are 4 times per year in Auckland.

    Please contact  Lisa Duff – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

    AAC in Health and Education SIG – Northland

    This is a group for all SLTs who have an interest in AAC.  It is a great opportunity to share resources, discuss best practice in using AAC and keep up to date with new AAC equipment.  Sessions are held once a term in Whangarei and topics covered include:
    • Updates on new or updated communication equipment
    • CAT accreditation pathways
    • Case studies
    • Supporting teams in using AAC
    • Feedback on PD events

    Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    AAC in Education and Health SIG – Auckland

     This is a group for all SLTs who have an interest in AAC. It is a great opportunity to share resources, discuss best practice in using AAC and keep up to date with new AAC equipment. Sessions are held once a term in Auckland and topics covered include:
    • Updates on new or updated communication equipment
    • CAT accreditation pathways
    • Case studies
    • Supporting teams in using AAC
    • Feedback on PD events

    Contact: Meryl Bowen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Polly Khushal: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Coordinators: Meryl Bowen: Kristy McCallum: Polly Khushal

    AAC in Education – Christchurch

     The aim of the group is to facilitate peer-support for therapists working with students using AAC in education settings.

    We are a Christchurch based group but would be keen to meet with other groups or therapists from around NZ. (Last year we had a very informative meeting with Sally Clendon via Skype). Meetings are 1-2 times per term. Members share resources and experiences, provide feedback from PD opportunities and discuss topic based or case study issues.

    Contact Person: Sarah Powell – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Visit the TalkLink Trust Blog http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/blog/ for useful Tip of the Month information as well as information on upcoming events.
  • Join ATANZ on Facebook.

CAT Support from Talklink

TalkLink trust have put together a simplified referral form for CAT 1 support requests. This form has multiple uses:

  1. It can be used to request loans of trial equipment from the ATANZ Loan Equipment pool. 
  2. 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.”
  3. 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:

http://www.talklink.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/TalkLink-Request-Form-CAT-1.doc

The form can also be accessed here: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/referrals/

Talklink also has put together supporting documentation regarding CAT 1 support, which can be accessed on the TalkLink website. The second document outlines the process of becoming CAT 1 accredited which will be helpful for those of you who are in the process of doing this.

http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/support-for-credentialled-assessors/

http://www.talklink.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/CATL1-process-Final.pdf

 

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