National Disability Insurance Scheme
The National Disability Insurance Scheme ( NDIS ) is the new way of providing individualised support for people with an impairment or condition that is likely to be a permanent or a developmental delay that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities.
National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
While the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the name of the scheme. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent agency responsible for implementing the NDIS.
Who is eligible to participate in the NDIS?
The NDIS will provide all Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to enjoy an ordinary life.
The NDIS will help people with a disability to achieve their goals. This may include greater independence, community involvement, employment and improving wellbeing.
As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with a disability early to improve their outcomes in later life.
The NDIS also provides people with a disability, their family and careers with information and referrals to existing support services in the community.
Who can access the NDIS?
To become an NDIS Participant a person must:
- Have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities, or have a developmental delay.
- Be aged less than 65 years when they first apply to enter the NDIS.
- Be an Australian Citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa.
- Live in Australia where the NDIS is available.
What can be funded?
Health specific funded items may include:
- Aids and equipment such as wheelchairs, hearing aids and adjustable beds.
- Items such as prosthetics and artificial limbs (surgery remains the responsibility of the health system).
- Home modifications, personal care and domestic assistance. This will assist the participants exiting the health system to live independently in the community or move back into their own home.
- Allied health and other therapy where this is required as a result of the participant’s impairment, including physiotherapy, speech therapy or occupational therapy.
Where do I go from here to access Rehab2Home services?
If you have not completed your first plan make sure at your planning session you mention that you require allied health services (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietician, speech therapy and exercise physiology) to be included in the plan (Assisted Services). Once the plan is approved we can arrange an appointment to discuss in more details the services that are required and construct a contract for funding directly from the NDIS.
If you have a plan already approved check to see if you have any funding allocated for Assistive Services. If you are unsure you can contact your Case Coordinator or contact us directly for more information. We can then arrange an appointment for one of our therapists to meet with you, within your own home / hospital or in one of our clinic to discuss services available, goals of treatment and construct a plan for the NDIS. We bill NDIS directly so there will be no payment required from you for any of our services.
Need more information?
Please see below an information fact sheet from NDIS for more information.