The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council held its first formal meeting for the year in June 2019. One of the long-standing issues addressed included the interaction of the NDIS and the health system.  

From 1 October 2019, the Commonwealth and State and Territory governments have agreed that the NDIS will fund a range of disability-related health supports where they are part of the participant’s daily life and result directly from the participant’s disability. Further information about what will (and will not) be funded by NDIS can be found here.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and State and Territory health departments will work together to implement the collaboration of funded disability-related health supports by the NDIS and health systems. Until 1 October 2019, health care systems in your state or territory will continue to provide health supports needed. If health supports are already included in an NDIS plan, the NDIS will continue to pay for these.

It is important to know the type of evidence that can assist with an access request to the NDIS. It is also important to know what questions you need to ask.

  • Does this person have a diagnosis?
  • Does this person have a regular GP?
  • Do they often need to go to hospital?
  • Is there ongoing treatment?
  • Is there involvement with specialists?
  • Does this person need help to manage their health, medications, appointments?
  • Has an NDIS Access Request form been lodged?
  • Does this person need support to manage as a result of their diagnosis or disability?

What you can provide to help the application process:

  • Does this person have a mental health diagnosis?
  • Is there any substance abuse (history or current)?
  • Do they receive treatment for mental health?
  • Is a capacity assessment needed?
  • Does this diagnosis impact on their ability to function in daily life?
  • Has an NDIS Access Request form been lodged?
  • Does this person need help to collect copies of information about their diagnosis?
  • Is this person involved with other agencies?

What you can provide to help the application process:

  • Does this person have a disability/diagnosis?
  • Do they have any upcoming court hearings?
  • Are they about to be released from prison?
  • Is a capacity assessment needed?
  • Has an NDIS Access Request form been lodged?
  • Are they linked in with community supports?
  • Is there involvement with other service systems?

What you can provide to help the application process:

  • Behaviour management plans
  • Release orders
  • Does this person have a place to live?
  • Do they need support to find or keep a place to live?
  • Does this person have capacity? Is an assessment needed?
  • Does this person have a history of itinerancy?
  • Does this person need home modifications or accessible housing?
  • Is this person at risk where they live?
  • Is this person on the WA Housing Authority waitlist?
  • Has an NDIS Access Request form been lodged?

What you can provide to help the application process:

  • Tenancy agreements
  • Equipment needs
  • Tenancy history
  • Challenges

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