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Supporting NDIS Access Requests

General Practitioners (GPs) and other health professionals have an important role in the NDIS.

This includes completing the supporting evidence section of the Access Request Form ◦
documenting that they have or are likely to have a permanent disability, and ◦
providing copies of reports or assessments relevant to the diagnosis/condition that outline the extent of the functional impact of the disability

GPs don’t have to send a patient to specialists for supporting evidence. GPs can summarise or attach existing medical reports so they describe the diagnosis/condition and the impact of the disability on the patient’s function.

Resources

We have collated a list of resources below which are useful when supporting an NDIS access request for someone with a psychosocial disability;

Completing the Access Process -Tips for Communicating about Psychosocial Disability (PDF) - a resource for mental health clinicians engaging with the Scheme.

10 steps to excellent NDIS therapy reports: VALID’s guide to National Disability Insurance Scheme therapist reports for allied health professionals is a 20-page good practice guide which uses clear sections and headings and an easy to read layout, for therapists as they prepare reports for NDIS participants.

Standardised Assessments for NDIS Eligibility by primary disability - For each primary disability, these treating health professionals are the most appropriate to provide the standardised assessments that are considered "best practice" in evidence.

NDIS Participant Booklets - Three participant booklets are available to support people with disability and participants throughout their NDIS journey. The booklets are a practical tool to help people with disability, participants, their families, carers and the wider community to learn more about the NDIS, prepare for a planning meeting and to implement their plan.

The booklets are intended for use throughout a person’s NDIS journey and can be used to record key information, write questions and collect thoughts.

GP Statement of evidence online form

A form for GPs working with people with disability prior to NDIS commencement download form here

GP or Mental Health Professionals NDIS access letter of support - Template

A quick template letter with examples of functional impact due to diagnosis download template here

Psychosocial Access Snapshots

The purpose of these snapshots is to provide specific, detailed information to people with psychosocial disability, their supporters, and service providers. Everyone who applies to the NDIS must meet eligibility criteria. These include age, residency and disability requirements. You must also live in an area where the NDIS is being rolled out.

For a person with a psychosocial disability to access the Scheme, they need to have a permanent or likely-to-be permanent disability as a result of their mental health condition. The condition must have a significant impact on their day-to-day life and the person’s ability to participate in the community. It also needs to be likely that the person will need support for the rest of their life.

Access Snapshot 1: General Information (PDF 236KB)

Access Snapshot 2: Impairment and Mental Health in the NDIS (PDF 221KB)

Access Snapshot 3: Recovery and the NDIS (PDF 223KB)

Access Snapshot 4: Functional Capacity and Mental Health Issues (PDF 238KB)

Access Snapshot 5: NDIS and Other Services Supporting your Mental Health (PDF 211KB)


Training and information sessions for Health Professionals

TeamHEALTH provide fee for service NDIS training, if you would like more information or are interested in organising a training session please contact Daisy Clingan, Business Transition Mananger on 08 8943 9600 or daisy.clingan@teamhealth.asn.au

Do you need emergency help?

NT Mental Health Line


Ph: 1800 682 288

Lifeline


Ph: 13 11 14

www.lifeline.org.au

Emergency Services


Ph: 000

Kids Helpline


Ph: 1800 55 1800

www.kidshelpline.com.au

Suicide Call Back Service


Ph: 1300 659 467

Headspace


Ph: 1800 650 890

www.headspace.org.au