Helping people to understand the NDIS can be really important, particularly for those who have limited community connections and support. Health professionals are instrumental in:
The NDIS can provide a significant source of support for people with disabilities. However, the NDIS is not intended to replace other health or public services, which are the responsibility of state and territory governments. The health system remains responsible for clinical, rehabilitation and medical treatment of conditions – including GPs, surgery and rehabilitation.
Some examples of NDIS supports include disability related aids such as wheelchairs, prosthetics, home modifications, personal care and domestic assistance.
To access the NDIS, a person or their guardian (including carer or nominee) will need to complete an Access Request Form. This form can be obtained by contacting the NDIA on 1800 800 110. Information for GPs and health professionals can be found here. Practical resources, CPD education and training, and FAQs are also available.
For more information about how to apply, visit the NDIS website.
Practical resources for GPs and other health professionals can be found here.
In providing evidence to support a person with a disability to make an Access Request, it is reasonable to expect GPs will perform an examination of some description to assess or confirm the patient’s current medical condition. With this examination, the time taken for GPs to assess and provide information to support an Access Request may be claimed under a Medicare item if it is part of the consultation.
Consistent with the operation of the Medicare Benefits Schedule, generally it is at a GP’s discretion to select the Medicare item number that most appropriately reflects the nature of the consultation. However, when a GP provides details about a patient without an associated consultation and without the patient present, a Medicare rebate is not payable under subsection 19(5) of the Health Insurance Act 1973
The NDIS has partnerships with Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) and Local Area Coordination partners who employ Local Area Coordinators (LAC). ECEIs employ coordinators who help children and their families access supports and services that are tailored to the child’s needs. They also help children to connect with community health services, playgroups and other local activities. For individuals seven years and older, their main point of contact for the NDIS is an LAC. As with ECEI, LACs help a person to connect to supports, services and local activities. They also help them to understand the NDIS, and how to develop and use their NDIS plans.
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