NDIS: GPs’ role definition a step closer

Ongoing college advocacy for GPs to be involved in the planning, implementation and unending support for their patients accessing the NDIS has been recognised by the committee, with the report recommending that the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) investigate ways in which each participant’s plan could be shared – with their consent – with their GP.

Allied health Capability Framework: Disability and complex support needs

Allied health professionals play an important role in delivering the NDIS. The framework develops the skills and knowledge of allied health professionals to better provide high-quality, person-centred support that promotes choice and control for people with disability and complex support needs.

Resources to help GPs support patients to access the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is designed to help people living with a significant and permanent disability live their best life. GPs play a very important role in helping patients to determine potential eligibility by gathering the crucial information that provides the evidence base required to access supports through the Scheme. This co-designed suite of resources guides GPs in supporting their patients through the NDIS, or more easily identify if patients could be eligible to benefit from the Scheme.

Younger People in Residential Aged Care Strategy 2020-2025

The initiative includes $10.6m in the 2020-21 Budget for a national network of system coordinators to help younger people find age-appropriate accommodation and supports to allow them to live independently in the community. The Australian Government is committed to ensuring no younger person (under the age of 65) lives in residential aged care unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Understanding behaviour support arrangements

This webinar was held on 27 August 2020 as part of the ‘Embracing Change’ series and is now available on demand. It was designed to guide you through practical examples that will assist in understanding behaviour supports under the NDIS, including behaviour support requirements and practical tools.

Disabled woman gets COVID-19 after NDIA refuses sister’s care

A disabled woman has caught COVID-19 from a support worker after the National Disability Insurance Agency refused to allow her sister to provide care instead during the pandemic. Sheree Driver told the disability royal commission on Wednesday that her sister’s mental state had rapidly declined after being without care for almost a month as a result of the decision.

Carers under strain as lockdowns result in greater isolation and workloads

Carers have never been more important than during the COVID-19 pandemic, but under so much pressure many are feeling the strain. In Victoria and other parts of the country, respite and support programs for carers have been suspended or cut back.And researchers say the toll on the mental health of people caring non-stop without breaks is only getting heavier.

Psychosocial Disability: Eligibility & NDIS

Understanding what evidence the NDIA requires to prove a person’s psychosocial disability has left both Participants and professionals confused. In particular, professional reports frequently miss the mark. 

Former Melbourne model and ballerina with rare ‘cocoon syndrome’ has NDIS claim rejected

Ms Clabassi said she had finally been granted a disability support pension last month after a long battle with Centrelink. However, after applying to the NDIS to get extra help and equipment around the home, Ms Clabassi said she was rejected last month. “They are saying they can’t classify it as being a permanent disability. Then what the hell is it? Is it the cold? Is it the flu?” she said.

Ann Marie Smith taskforce finds crucial gaps in NDIS oversight of disability care

“Vulnerable participants are not routinely identified and assigned ongoing support coordination in their NDIS plan,” the interim report states. It found there was no requirement for care providers to allocate at least two workers to cater for each client and no requirement for carers to have regular supervision.

‘We must act now’: Barriers uncovered for young people with disability

The Mission Australia Youth Survey has taken a disability lens to its data for the first time Young people with disability are more likely to report poor mental health and are twice as likely to have been bullied in the past year than young people without disability, according to data analysis from Mission Australia.