What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports people with a permanent and significant disability which affects their ability to take part in everyday activities. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) implements the NDIS.
The NDIS supports people with a disability to live an ordinary life. The type of support that is provided includes:
- Support to achieve greater independence
- Support to being more involved in the community
- Support with improved wellbeing
The NDIS will fund reasonable and necessary supports that help people with disability to achieve their goals. The NDIS will not fund supports and services that are funded under mainstream services, but they will help the person with disability connect to those services.
Reasonable and necessary supports are associated with day-to-day living and help to improve a person’s participation in their community and the workforce.
What services do occupational therapists provide in the NDIS?
Occupational therapists are skilled in a number of areas, including mental health, rehabilitation, and pain management and help people of all ages to improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. Occupational Therapist’s work with individuals to help them develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills. Occupational therapists help clients not only to improve their basic motor functions, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function. Their goal is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.
They can help you to identify interests and goals, manage daily routines at home and in the community, modify daily tasks to make them easier to perform, and recommend activities that you can participate effectively in.
Hoys Allied Health and Wellness’ occupational therapists work hard to keep up to date on ways to navigate the NDIS system as efficiently as possible. We work closely with our clients to assist them with the NDIS system and to achieve their goals. We are NDIS registered providers of Occupational Therapy.
Here at Hoys Allied Health and Wellbeing our occupational therapists work with people across the lifespan. They provide a range of supports and services to NDIS participants, including:
- Assistive technology (aids and equipment)
- Home modifications
- Assessment of personal support needs (personal care)
- Housing assessments for participants requiring Specialist Disability Accommodation
- Orientation and mobility training
- Working with children over the age of 7 to participate within activities of daily living, engage within social activities and assisting in developing programs of ongoing support
- Whole of life personal planning
If you are under the age of 65 and have a disability that affects your ability to take part in everyday activities, you may be eligible for the NDIS.
The NDIS is not available to people over 65. However, if you turn 65 after you have been approved as a participant in the scheme, you can choose to continue receiving supports through the NDIS.
The best place to start is the NDIS Access Checklist, which is available at www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-access-checklist. Alternatively, you can call the NDIS directly on 1800 800 110.
For more information about access requirements, visit www.ndis.gov.au/people-disability/access-requirements.
To speak to one of the Hoys Allied Health + Wellness Occupational Therapists, please call our team on 6652 7355 or book an appointment online.