The role of GP and health professionals
Helping people understand the NDIS can be really important, particularly for those who have limited community connections and support.
Health professionals are instrumental in:
- referring people to information about who can access the NDIS
- providing supporting evidence as part of an Access Request Form
- documenting that the patient has or is likely to have a permanent disability
- providing copies of reports or assessments that describe the extent of the functional impact of the disability.
The NDIS can provide a significant source of support for people with disability.
The NDIS will fund a range of disability-related health supports that are part of the participant’s daily life and result directly from the participant’s disability.
The typical types of support available can be grouped into eight categories:
- wound and pressure care
The health system remains responsible for all acute / post acute, chronic, palliative care, diagnostic and non disability-related health, medical, hospital and rehabilitation services and any other disability-related health supports which are not required on a regular basis.
Some examples of NDIS funded supports include:
- disability related aids such as wheelchairs
- home modifications
- personal care
- domestic assistance
- tracheostomy equipment and consumables
- Home Enteral Nutrition (HEN), Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG), equipment and consumables excluding food
- all continence consumables (for example catheter, bags, pads, bottles, straps).