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The NDIA has announced a pilot which will use independent health professionals with experience in disability to undertake functional assessments, so that participants are able to access and use appropriate supports through the NDIS.
Before the NDIS was established, state/territory and Commonwealth governments paid providers to deliver supports to people with disabilities. Some services are still being paid for directly by these governments. NDIS participants can continue to use these supports. These pre-paid supports are called “in-kind”.
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For each primary disability, these treating health professionals are the most appropriate to provide the standardised assessments that are considered "best practice" in evidence.

It’s nice to be reminded of the joy cricket can bring. It makes David Baird’s eyes light up and his voice raise in anticipation of what the next three weeks may bring. Read David's story.
This is a story about Ben Hunter, but really it’s just as much about his Mum, Carolyn. Ben is 21, has Down syndrome and is non-verbal. He’s also the front man of Ben & Co, which began as an enterprise in baking but quickly became a community.
In her work with the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health, Professor Anne Kavanagh has long been committed to unravelling why society makes some people healthy and others sick. Studying this uncomfortable reality was one thing. Living it was another matter altogether. Read Anne's story.