What is the NDIS?
The Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a transformative social support program that provides tailored assistance to individuals with disabilities, ensuring they have access to the necessary resources and services to improve their quality of life and facilitate social and economic participation.
The NDIS is designed to be inclusive and non-discriminatory, catering to the unique needs of all individuals, including those who identify as LGBTQIA+. By recognising and addressing the specific challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ people with disabilities, such as potential discrimination, social isolation, and mental health issues, the NDIS empowers them with personalised support plans and connects them with appropriate services and providers that respect and cater to their diverse identities, fostering a more inclusive and supportive environment.
Accessing the NDIS
Partners in the Community South Australia | NDIS
Information in language Languages | NDIS
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Examples of what the NDIS will fund Would we fund it | NDIS
To access the NDIS, applicants must provide supporting evidence to prove their eligibility, which includes having a permanent and significant disability affecting daily life. Key evidence consists of medical reports and assessments from healthcare professionals like doctors, psychologists, or therapists, outlining the disability’s nature, severity, and impact on functionality. This documentation helps the NDIS assess the individual’s needs and determine the appropriate support, ensuring they receive necessary resources and services.
Planning Access to the NDIS
To plan access to the NDIS, start by researching eligibility criteria and understanding the required documentation. Gather supporting evidence, such as medical reports and assessments from healthcare professionals, detailing your disability and its impact on daily life. Contact your local NDIS office or an NDIS Local Area Coordinator (LAC) for guidance and assistance. Submit an Access Request Form along with the supporting evidence, and once deemed eligible, work collaboratively with an LAC or planner to develop a personalised NDIS plan that addresses your needs and goals.
Mental Health and Psychosocial Disability
Mental health refers to the state of psychological and emotional well-being, which impacts thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Good mental health enables individuals to cope with life’s challenges and maintain healthy relationships. Psychosocial disability, on the other hand, refers to the functional impairments and social limitations resulting from a persistent mental health condition. These disabilities can affect a person’s ability to participate in daily activities, work, and social interactions, and may require ongoing support and intervention.
Transition Support Project
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GP's and Allied Health Professionals
GPs (General Practitioners) and Allied Health professionals are an important part of the NDIS system. GPs are often the first point of contact for people with disabilities, and they can help participants to access the scheme by providing medical evidence to support their eligibility. Allied Health professionals, including occupational therapists, speech pathologists, physiotherapists, psychologists, and social workers, can help participants to develop and implement their individualized support plans.
Under the NDIS, participants can access a range of supports and services, including healthcare, education, housing, transport, and social support. GPs and Allied Health professionals can play a crucial role in helping participants to access these services, by providing referrals and collaborating with other service providers.
Summer Foundation’s Getting the Language Right Guide for Health Practitioners:
Getting The Language Right
Toolkit for GP’s: Understand your role in the NDIS:
Understand Your Role as a GP
Patient Information Booklet: Accessing the NDIS:
Patient Information Booklet
MBS Billing for Completion of NDIS Access Request Form (ARF):
Form via CESPHN
Families and Carers
The NDIS provides a range of supports and services to families and carers who are involved in the care of a person with a disability. These supports are designed to reduce the burden of caring, improve the wellbeing of carers, and help them to support the person with a disability to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life.
Family supports in NDIS plans:
Including Specific Types of Supports in Plans Operational Guideline – Sustaining informal supports | NDIS
Rights to Review
In the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the “right to review” refers to the right of a participant or their representative to request a review of decisions made by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) regarding their plan or supports.
Participants in the NDIS have the right to request a review of decisions made by the NDIA, including decisions about eligibility, plan funding, and the types of supports included in a participant’s plan. Reviews can be requested at any time, and there are several different types of reviews available depending on the circumstances.
Rights to Review