National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a once in a generation reform that will improve the lives of people with disability in Australia. People with disability have the right to decide their own best interests, and to have choice and control over their lives and the supports they receive.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was established by the Commonwealth Government on July 1 2013 and is changing the landscape of disability care in Australia. The NDIS empowers people with disability to choose their own care services through a market-based system.
The NDIS is designed to work alongside health, education and other public services. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) clearly delineates health from disability however there is an interface where healthcare stops and disability supports commence or continue. NDIS participants will enter and exit healthcare services throughout their lifespan.
The introduction of the NDIS has seen disability services provide an increasingly open and competitive market model giving consumers more choice and flexibility in deciding on their goals and choosing their service providers.
Since 1 October 2019, additional disability-related health supports have been available for NDIS participants to purchase using NDIS funding. The need for these supports must directly relate to an NDIS participant’s functional impairment, where the support need is ongoing and is most appropriately funded or provided by the NDIS.
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