What Parents Need To Know About The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
What Is The NDIS?
The NDIS is a fantastic new Government service developed to help families and sufferers of a disability. It is a new organisation and many families are not aware of the significant help that it can potentially provide them. This article explains who the NDIS is for, what it does, and how individuals with a disability and their families can take advantage of these benefits.
The NDIS is provides support to individuals diagnosed with a disability. This can include funding for the following:
- Home care
- Therapy services
- And more
Who Is Eligible For Funding?
To be eligible you have to be under the age of 65, live in Australia, be an Australian citizen or be a permanent resident and have a lifelong disability.Children with the following disabilities may be eligible for funding under the NDIS:
- Developmental delay
- Cerebral Palsy
- Down Syndrome
- Neuromuscular conditions such as Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy
- Genetic conditions e.g Sotos syndrome
What Do I Need To Do?
Individuals and their families are required to make a ‘plan’ consisting of community services, therapy requirements or additional supports that may be necessary over a 12 month period.
Services you wish to utilise such as physiotherapy must be specified in your plan to ensure appropriate funding is allocated. Individuals can choose which providers they utilise for treatment and can choose to be responsible for payment of the services provided (from funding).
Plans are revised after 12 months to reassess the effectiveness of intervention and to re-establish patient goals.
Does Little Humans Physio Treat NDIS Patients?
Leah Kent, the Principal Physiotherapy at Little Humans Physio is a recognised NDIS provider. This means that if your child is eligible for paediatric physiotherapy services then we can cater to their needs.
If your child has a disability and you believe they may be eligible for the NDIS visit https://www.ndis.gov.au/ or phone 1 800 800 110 for more information.