Disability-related Health Supports Operational Guideline - Breakdown of the disability-related health supports

4. Breakdown of the disability-related health supports

Any disability-related health supports that meet the reasonable and necessary criteria can be included in a participant’s plan. Typical types of support can be grouped into eight (8) ‘support type’ categories but these are not an exhaustive list:

  1. Dysphagia: for participants who have trouble eating, drinking or swallowing on a daily basis; 
  2. Respiratory: for participants requiring help with their breathing; 
  3. Nutrition: for participants requiring help with the way they eat or understanding the food they need; 
  4. Diabetes: for participants who have daily problems with how much sugar is in their blood; 
  5. Continence: for participants who need daily assistance with toileting (bladder and bowel);
  6. Wound & Pressure Care: for participants who need daily wound  and pressure care (resulting from pressure wounds or swollen limbs); 
  7. Podiatry: for participants who require help looking after their feet, ankles and lower limbs; 
  8. Epilepsy: for participants who need daily help managing the way epilepsy affects the way their brain and nerves work.

The above list of health supports provides some definition to the health supports NDIA expect that NDIS participants may require. But this is not an all-inclusive list. 

The disability-related health supports NDIS now funds can be can be grouped into three (3) main categories:


Consumables consist of supports that are meant to be consumed through eating, drinking or using. Examples of disability-related health support consumables are items such as thickeners, wound care dressings, and catheter bags.


Assistance consists of supports provided by another human being. Disability-related health supports assistance is when a suitably competent worker/professional is required to assist in the provision of a support that the participant is unable to administer/undertake themselves. For example, when a participant requires a suitably competent worker to operate a ventilator.

Assistive Technology 

Assistive Technology (AT) is 'any device or system that allows individuals to perform tasks they would otherwise be unable to do or increases the ease and safety with which tasks can be performed'. Examples of disability-related health supports AT includes equipment, such as a ventilator, and epilepsy monitoring devices such as seizure monitoring alarm systems. 

This page current as of
24 September 2019
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