NDIS resources for health services
Providers have expressed a number of concerns around the interface between health and the NDIS. Of particular concern has been the impact on participants of the confusion of funding responsibilities between health and the NDIS, the slow planning process, and the lack of health services’ knowledge about the NDIS.
A number of resources have been developed to facilitate health services’ understandings of the NDIS. These resources have a practical focus and provide information about key NDIS processes, the importance of using NDIS language, and offer advice about writing reports and access requests for NDIS participants.
While further work still needs to be done to increase health services’ knowledge, these resources provide a solid starting point for organisations, GPs or allied health professionals who may be unfamiliar with NDIS, or who are seeking to further develop their NDIS knowledge.
Some of the most notable resources include:
- The NDIS Health Toolkit. This includes Tips Sheets, Process Tools and Reports and Articles developed by Deakin University, G21 and Barwon Health.
- The interactive GP Statement of Evidence form. This is a tool for GPs to support prospective NDIS participants to gain access to NDIS, developed by Inclusion Melbourne and Monash University.
- A GP & Allied Health Professional’s guide to the NDIS. This details broad information about how GPs and Allied Health professionals can support NDIS participants, developed by NDIA.
NDS has been working with the sector to identify these issues and collate case studies to raise member concerns with DHHS and NDIA about the health interface and the impact on both providers and participants.