The NDIS funds:
- Allied health and other therapy needed because of a person’s disability, including occupational therapy, speech therapy or physiotherapy.
- Personal care to assist with day to day care needed because of a person’s disability and development of skills to help a person become more independent.
- Training of carers and informal supports to implement health care plans developed by health professionals.
- Prosthetics and artificial limbs (surgery remains the responsibility of the health system).
- Aids and equipment such as wheelchairs, adjustable beds or hearing aids related to a person’s disability.
- Therapeutic and behavioural supports.
- Home modifications needed because of a person’s disability, to enable discharge from a hospital.
Health systems fund:
- Diagnosis and assessment of health conditions, including mental health conditions and disabilities.
- Medication, general medical and dental services and treatment, specialist services, hospital care, surgery and rehabilitation.
- Clinical care for mental health conditions.
- Palliative care, geriatric and psychogeriatric services.
- Sub-acute, rehabilitation and post-acute care including treatment of wounds by a nurse.
- Planning and preparation for a patient to return home after a hospital stay.
- General hearing and vision services not related to a person’s disability (for example, prescription glasses).
Dysphagia and mainstream health supports
The Commonwealth Government recently decided, as an interim measure, the NDIS will fund the ongoing development, assessment and monitoring of meal plans for NDIS participants with dysphagia who aren’t in a hospital or acute care setting.
- Dysphagia related care and supports are required by participants who have difficulty swallowing.
- This interim arrangement will include the initial and ongoing assessment, development and monitoring of meal plans until a final decision on roles and responsibilities of the NDIA and health systems is made, expected by Governments in early 2019.
- In addition, the Disability Reform Council has also clarified interim arrangements regarding funding of mainstream health supports in participant plans.
- Read the Minster’s media release: NDIS supports participants with dysphagia (External website).