The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a no fault insurance scheme, which is the new way of providing individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers.

The scheme is designed to empower people with disability who meet the eligibility criteria in making choices about the supports they need based on a plan that includes support needs, goals and aspirations.

About the NDIS

The participant experience

When will the NDIS come to North Western Melbourne?

The NDIS began rolling out across Darebin and Yarra local government areas from 1 July 2016. More recently it has rolled out in Macedon Ranges and Moorabool local government areas. The NDIS will be available in all north western Melbourne areas by the end of 2018. Further information is available on the NDIS website.

What is Early Childhood Early Intervention?

Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach is a new way of delivering early childhood intervention for children aged 0-6 years. More information about ECEI is available on the NDIS website. The NDIS ECEI approach will help all children with developmental delay or disability and their families to achieve better long-term outcomes through support services in their local community, regardless of diagnosis.

The ECEI approach will be rolled out in line with the scheduled full-scheme roll out of the NDIS. Once rolled out in your area, the ECEI approach will use natural referral pathways including Maternal and Child Health, Early Childhood Educators, GP’s and Paediatricians etc. Families will also be able to self-refer to ECEI.

For more information regarding ECEI, contact:

  • Brotherhood of St Laurence (Yarra and Darebin local government areas) 1300 275 323
  • Intereach (Macedon Ranges local government areas) 1300 968 140
  • La Trobe Community Health (Moorabool local government area) 1800 242 696

Information for General Practice

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has published a factsheet which covers an overview of information relevant to General Practice about the scheme. 

Evidence of disability

As part of the entry process to the NDIS, participants must complete an Access Request Form, and submit it with evidence of their disability and the impact that their disability has on their life. As the NDIS roll-out commences in the North Western Melbourne area, patients may start to request their General Practitioner provide copies of existing assessments, reports, or medical diagnosis, or complete the Professional's Report section in Part F of the Access Request Form.

The NDIS has detailed Operational Guidelines for both disability and early intervention access requirements. Consumers in the North East Melbourne area who are already receiving disability support in defined programs through the Department of Health and Human Services, will not need to prove evidence of their disability. Therefore, the majority of requests to General Practitioners are likely to be for consumers who are not currently accessing any services.

Requests for information

The NDIS Act contains a number of provisions that can be used to require people, including General Practitioners and other health professionals, to provide information, which may be used for example for the assessment of eligibility, or for planning purposes. The NDIS is also able to require a participant to undergo an examination or assessment as part of their assessment for, or participation in the NDIS, and may require their health professional to provide a copy of the report to the NDIS. Detail in regards to the NDIA’s ability to request information of health professionals is contained in the Operational Guidelines – information handling.

NDIS and health system interface

The NDIS will provide significant support for participants; however it is not intended to replace other mainstream supports. The scheme will fund supports that assist a participant to undertake activities of daily living required due to the person’s disability. This includes supports such as aids and equipment, home modifications and allied health and other therapy that is required as a result of the participant’s impairment.

The health system will retain the responsibility for the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of health conditions, including provision of General Practitioner visits. Read more about the interaction between the NDIS and mainstream systems such as healthcare and mental health.

GPs and ECEI

If you believe that a child aged 0 to 6 years may benefit from early intervention or disability support under the NDIS you can refer the child to an NDIS early childhood partner.

For further information on how to refer, contact the relevant NDIS early childhood partner for your region:

  • Brotherhood of St Laurence (Yarra and Darebin local government areas)
  • Intereach (Macedon Ranges local government area)
  • La Trobe Community Health (Moorabool local government area)

Information for Allied Health

Information for allied health, including information about registering with the NDIS as a provider is available on the NDIS website.

National Disability Services (NDS), the peak body for non-Government disability services in Australia, has developed The Toolkit, which is a self-assessment resource designed to help allied health to become registered service providers of the NDIS.

The NDIS Helpdesk is a Victorian state-wide resource with the purpose of responding to NDIS transition questions from providers. It aims to inform and support the provider community in preparation for transition to the NDIS. Read more about the helpdesk.

Resources

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has a number of downloadable resources about the NDIS including:

  • factsheets for people with disability, their family and carers,
  • practice advice for the health and aged care sectors,
  • information for Victorian Mental Health Community Support services, and
  • information about access to specialist disability support services for older people.

The practice advice document National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Health and Aged Care Sector is a particularly helpful document for General Practitioners and Allied Health in understanding the interface between the health system and NDIS.

The North East Primary Care Partnership has developed an information resource ‘NDIS for mental health clinicians’. The web-based resource is an easy to follow step-by-step guide for mental health clinicians as they support consumers, families and carers in accessing the NDIS.  The guide also provides links to more detailed information resources to help with navigating the NDIS.

More information

Who to contact at NWMPHN

For information on NDIS contact Brodie Preston, Program Officer, Consumer and Carer Participation.

Phone: (03) 9347 1188

Email: brodie.preston@nwmphn.org.au

NDIS contact details

Phone: 1800 800 110 (8.00am to 8.00pm Monday to Friday)

Website: www.ndis.gov.au

Email: enquiries@ndis.gov.au

TTY users
Phone: 1800 555 677 then ask for 1800 800 110

Speak and Listen (speech-to-speech relay)
Phone: 1800 555 727 then ask for 1800 800 110

Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS)
For people who need help with English phone 131 450

Internet relay users
Visit the National Relay Service website and ask for 1800 800 110.