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.
Disability-related health supports
The Commonwealth and state and territory governments agreed that, from 1 October 2019, the NDIS would fund a range of disability-related health supports, where they are part of the participant’s daily life and result directly from the participant’s disability. Read the news item.
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).