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).
This page current as of
9 January 2019