NDIS

Program Officer
Sarah - 8752 4907 | s.oconnor@cesphn.com.au

In 2016, Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN) conducted an NDIS Impact, Needs and Planning Project to inform our activity plan and support the implementation of the NDIS across our catchment area. One key action that CESPHN has implemented as a result of the project’s findings is the development and delivery of a continuum of NDIS/Disability education sessions for our members. Information about these sessions can be found on the CESPHN CPD Calendar.

CESPHN also distributes a regular Disability Newsletter and facilitates the CESPHN Disability Network, which meets bi-monthly and incorporates a wide variety of stakeholders including individuals with lived experience of disability. For more information on these, and other disability related initiatives, please contact the Disability Program Officer.

 

What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (also called the NDIS) is the new way of providing disability support. 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.

Mainstream service systems including the Health and Mental Health systems, have significant obligations in relation to working with the NDIS, these are set out in the Council Of Australian Government (COAG) Agreement and NSW Government’s subsequent Operational Guidance for NSW Mainstream Services on the Interface with the National Disability Insurance Scheme  version 1 document.

CESPHN is facilitating a continuum of education sessions to assist Allied Health Professionals and GPs to understand these obligations and the impact they will have on their practices and interaction with patients, for more information see the CESPHN CPD Calendar.

Is my patient eligible?

To become an NDIS participant a person must:

  • Have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities;
  • Be aged less than 65 when they first enter the NDIS;
  • Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa; and
  • Live in a part Australia where the NDIS is available

Additional information and resources:

How can patients apply?

If your patient is aged 6 years or younger, the NDIS utilises an Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach. This means you can refer the child directly to an NDIS ECEI Provider in their area, they do NOT require an Access Request Form to be completed. A list of NDIS ECEI Providers in NSW can be found here.

Additional Information and Resources:

If your patient is aged between 7 and 65 years and wishes to join the NDIS, they will need to contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (the NDIS is responsible for running the Scheme) and request an Access Request Form. This can be done by:

  • Phoning the NDIA on 1800 800 110
  • Completing an online Contact Form
  • Visiting an NDIA Office (NSW list here)

If your patient is aged over 65, they will not be eligible to apply for the NDIS (see eligibility criteria listed above). If they were already receiving government funded disability supports services prior to the NDIS’ roll-out in their area, they will not be disadvantaged. They will continue to receive supports that achieve similar outcomes to those they currently receive under the Continuity of Supports (CoS) program.

Additional Information and Resources:

What role do allied health practitioners have in the NDIS?

Allied health practitioners play a number of very important roles in the NDIS.

Access: Allied health practitioners can support their patients to gain access to the NDIS (providing they meet the eligibility requirements) by providing supporting documentation that illustrates the functional impact of that person’s disability. This can be provided by way of a professional report, or by completion of an NDIS Access Request Supplementary Evidence form (your patient can obtain this form from the NDIS and request your assistance to complete it if required).

Plan Development & Review: Allied health practitioners can support the NDIS to develop appropriate funding Plans for participants by providing up to date reports to be considered during the initial Planning, or Plan Review, process. They can also provide recommendations for supports, aids and equipment (along with quotes for these) for the NDIS to consider when allocating funding to the participant’s Plan.

Therapeutic Supports: Allied health practitioners can support NDIS participants who have appropriate funding through the provision of therapeutic supports (e.g. physiotherapy, psychology, occupational therapy etc).

Additional information and resources
Additional supports and services

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

Local Area Coordination (LAC), provided by St. Vincent de Paul Society in the CESPHN region: 

Ability Links (0-64) & Early Linkers (0-8), provided by Settlement Services International and St Vincent de Paul Society

  • Phone: SVDP (02) 8622 0456
  • Phone: SSI (02) 9685 0293

CESPHN NDIS & Disability Program Officer

CESPHN facilitates the CESPHN Disability Network, conducts ongoing CPD Education in relation to the NDIS and distributes a regular Disability Newsletter.

NDIS & Disability Program Officer – Sarah O’Connor
Email: s.oconnor@cesphn.com.au
Phone: (02) 8752 4907 
Phone: (02) 9799 0933

 

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