The NDIS is now available across Sydney

Contact one of our consultants to get personalised information 0481 282 220

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been designed to support individuals living with a disability and their families and carers. The scheme allows individuals impacted with a disability to attain their goals and aspirations along with maximising their quality of life and increasing their independence.

Discover Nursing Australia is a registered provider with the National Disability Insurance Scheme, although, our healthcare service has been working alongside with Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) within their multiple locations.

Our team understand that individuals with a disability and their families may have difficulty understanding the cost associated with their care. We can assist you with clarifying what care and services are you eligible for under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Our dedicated team are equipped with information that consists of services, care and support that people with disabilities are eligible for under the scheme.

Our team works in conjunction with the scheme by providing the following services and supports:

Help you manage and utilise your NDIS funds

  • Conduction of Initial and ongoing assessments of clients and carer needs and developing interventions or altering the service type in order to meet any changes
  • Referring or linking with other community services
  • Developing life skills by accompanying the individual to different events, activities and education programs etc
  • Supplying applicable nursing staff that has the training, education, knowledge and experience in the individuals disability and associated nursing care requirements
  • Adhering to individualised and person-centred care plans
  • Linking in with other services to provide a collaborative and multidisciplinary care
  • Altering our services and support in order to be in line with the evolving scheme and the input of individuals living with a disability
  • Community nursing care for low to high care needs
  • Domestic tasks for any type of household
  • Assistance with activities of daily living and personal care
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Understanding the NDIS:

What are the changes for your family?

  1.  The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is a national scheme that will ensure that all participants have equal accessibility to funds and services irrespective of the kind of disability they have or the area they live in.
  2. Grant funding and Government contracts replaced with individualised plans. Previously, the Government was providing funding to providers who then would have the ability to select their own clients in accordance with their service criteria. The NDIS empowers participants and their families, enabling them to have more control in selecting the providers that best suit their needs and desires.
  3. Funding will be doubled. The NDIS funding will increase to $22.2 billion in 2019 and without the NDIS disability funding it would have been around $11b in 2019.

Who will be covered?

The NDIS will take in account how the individual’s impairment/s impacts their life. Individual impairment/s that affect their hearing, vision, mobility and intellectual capacity will all be covered a long with mental health conditions (referred as psycho-social impairments in the NDIS) as long as the ailment largely impacts on the individual’s daily life. The NDIA expects that there will be approximately 410,000 people across Australia who will meet the criteria; these are referred as participants in the NDIS.

However, there will be a group of people, on estimation 800,000 people that may be inflicted with a disability and won’t meet the above mentioned criteria. This group is covered by what is referred as Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) (formerly known as Tier 2). Unfortunately, it is not completely understood the way NDIS will support these individuals with exception to providing advice, referrals and linkages to this group.

If you would like to find out more information please select the following link that will redirect you to the NDIS: Information, Linkages and Capacity Building page: link

The NDIS is for participants who enter into the agency when they are under 65 years of age. Individuals who are over 65 years of age and require support from the scheme for the first time will be directed to seek assistance from the aged care system. Nonetheless, participants who are already apart of the NDIS and turn 65 years old and over will remain receiving assistance from the NDIS and won’t require to be redirected to the aged care system.

How this affects service providers?

  • Service providers no longer have to screen individuals who endeavour to utilise their services instead they can easily accept any individual who is a participant of the NDIS and has funding to purchase any type of service the provider offers.
  • Service providers will provide services to participants in the NDIS along with individuals who are categorised in the Tier 2 cohort. Currently, the Government have announced that the Tier 2 cohort would not be disadvantaged during the transition to the NDIS, although, there is no substantial information that suggests that the group will receive any other assistance other than linkages with services.

What will the NDIS pay for?

The scheme has been designed in a specific way that ensures that the cost of general expenses are covered to promote individuals living with a disability to achieve their aspirations. Explicitly, the scheme will cover the cost of anything intertwined with disability services and in addition other associated requirements as well as innovative services that directly relate to the needs of an individual living with a disability. The NDIS refers the above mentioned as reasonable and necessary supports and to be directly transferred to the page that consists of further information please click the following link: link

The scheme however is not designed to cover the cost for all necessities that individuals require to live in the community that is not either related to their disability or their day-to-day costs that is not associated with their needs, for instance, utility bills or private school fees. The NDIS also will not provide duplicate funds that occurs when another Government department is responsible to cover the cost of the specific living necessity, for instance, medical care like a hip or knee replacement.

Several existing State and Federal Government disability programs will directly transfer funds into the NDIS, referred as cashed out. This means that the Government bodies have ceased payments to service providers and instead providers are required to depend on NDIS participants to pay for their services. Albeit, the Government has made agreements with a small amount of services that will remain in kind. This means that the service will continue receiving direct funds from the Government and not NDIS participants as long as they have a specific number of NDIS participants within their program.

The funding of the scheme has been designed this way to enable service providers to construct programs and offer services that are directly related to the needs of individuals living with a disability rather than meeting the criteria of a Government funding grant application. Furthermore, the scheme has allowed services to differ their focus to the outcomes rather than the outputs and instead develop a variety of programs and services that enable the participant to meet their goals.

Where can you find out more?

The NDIS website (click the following link to be transferred directly to the NDIS website has an extensive range of fact sheets on information related to the scheme for individuals living with a disability, families and carers and service providers.

Discover Nursing Australia is an established NDIS service provider than can provide a range of services that will assist individuals living with a disability and their families and carers a smooth transition into the NDIS.

Please contact our team on 0481 282 220 for further information.

Services

Discover Nursing Australia has been extensively involved in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) since the very beginning and as a result we have devoted our time in retrieving enormous amounts of information in order to ensure we provide prospective and current NDIS participants with the right information. 

What you will receive from our team

We are a registered NDIS provider and we can supply you with information regarding the NDIS and associated services that will allow you being the individual with a disability or a family member or carer with the ability to access as many services the scheme offers. As discussed previously, the schemes objectives are to promote independence, enable participation in social and economic aspects, allow fulfilment and completion in aspirations and increase capacity to actively carry out tasks in the community. Our vision is to ensure we provide individuals living with a disability with the ability to acquire the four listed objectives of the scheme and in order to fulfil this we will assist in:

  • Finding out if the individual is eligible
  • Assist through the application process
    • If approved, we will provide you with the entire list of disability services that you may wish to receive that is associated with the care you require and if not listed, we can attempt to find out how we can retrieve that service
    • If not approved, you may be eligible in the Tier 2 cohort and our team can assist you in providing a list of services that come under that category and again if you need other services that is not covered then we can attempt to find out how we can retrieve that service
  • We will also ensure continuity of care is provided to ensure that you a receiving the right care on an ongoing basis and if there are additional services that may be suitable we will inform you
  • Our team encompass a full range of NDIS services inclusive of providing carers and nurses, managing funds and outsourcing other services (if required)
    • This will corroborate that you are receiving the required services in order to increase your capacity to live independently and simultaneously allow you to achieve your aspirations, goals or objectives

Where to start

If you’re just starting your NDIS journey, there will be a few things you need to consider. Fortunately you don’t have to do this alone. Across NSW, our staff are on hand to help make your journey as simple as possible.

You can meet with us at one of our offices, at a location convenient to you, or even at your own home.

Our services we offer as a NDIS provider

Once your application is approved, your next step is to select a provider or providers in order to retrieve the services you require that will be covered by the NDIS funding. Discover Nursing Australia is a service provider that can assist you in developing a customised plan that can enable you to achieve your objectives, goals and aspirations, for instance, seeking employment, undertaking educational courses etc.

The services you will receive from Discover Nursing Australia are:

  • Assistance with finding accommodation and guidance through tenancy processes
  • Moving residencies – arranging funding to cover moving costs, obtaining removalist quotes etc
  • Ensure utility bills are covered, seeking external funding that may either contribute to the bills or locate other measures to reduce the ongoing utility costs etc
  • Domestic assistance in either independent or shared living arrangements
  • Sought and retaining employment
  • Undertaking educational courses that are associated with future employment positions
  • Assistance with integrating into a school program and corroborating that the individual is not falling behind
  • Promotion of participating in activities that occur within the community
  • Providing support in travel and transport arrangements
  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • Guidance with developing life skills
  • Early intervention assessments and interventions

Accessing services (under the NDIS)

Once the participant has a plan created specifically customised to their needs then the next step is to access services that is directly associated to their plan. A participant under the NDIS has complete autonomy in regards to selecting when they will access these services and who will assist them to manage their service providers (referred to as a carer on most occasions).

 

In order to select a suitable service/s, the following link http://www.ndis.gov.au/document/finding-and-engaging-providers/find-registered-service-providers will provide a list of registered NDIS service providers that may deliver the support the participant requires. Once a few service providers are selected that are most suitable to the participant’s needs and ensuring that they also comply with the developed NDIS plan (as they will provide the funding) then it is recommended to arrange a preliminary meeting. In order to make a conclusive agreement with a service provider that you will be selecting their supports and services, participants and their carers are encouraged to ensure those supports and services provided are in correspondence with the approved NDIS plan.

Supports and services available for individuals with disability through the NDI

As mentioned previously, the NDIS funds reasonable and necessary supports and services that will empower an individual living with a disability to achieve their aspirations and also to increase their level of participation in social and economic aspects in the community. The participant will be largely involved in the development of their plan (if they have capacity to do so, if not their carer) and this will enable them to select the most appropriate supports that will be associated to their personal needs and objectives. The NDIS will approve the participant’s plan if they are in concordance with the contents of the plan and then they will fund for the supports and services approved (ensuring that the participant is not being funded from another organisation for a similar support or service).

The following supports have been delineated by the NDIS (also take in account that these supports are influenced by the participant’s personal needs and objectives):

  • Improve the ability to execute everyday living tasks
  • Assistance and supervision at home and in the community to increase their knowledge by undertaking an educational program
  • Increase the level of capacity within the community in relation to social and economic aspects
  • Encourage living as independently as possible and to improve residential or other living arrangements
  • Employment solutions and retaining an employment position
  • Empowering the individual to make appropriate life choices
  • Improve the individuals health and wellbeing
  • Increase their ability to create and retain healthy relationships

The NDIS may fund the participants for the abovementioned supports that are referred to as:

  • Activities of daily living (ADL assistance)
  • Transport services
  • Social support
  • Employment and retentions solutions
  • Domestic duties (assistance with household tasks)
  • Therapeutic services
  • Home and vehicle customisation
  • Mobility equipment
  • Handyman jobs
  • Gardening maintenance and house hold duties

Determining your eligibility in order to become a participant with in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has listed several requirements within their criteria in order to determine if your eligible to receive funding from the NDIS, inclusive of, your:

  • Age
  • Location
  • Residency status
  • Eligibility to meet the disability or early intervention requirements

If you would like a further breakdown of the above determinants continue reading below, otherwise to also determine your eligibility you may also use the NDIS Access Checklist http://www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-access-checklist.

Note: Individuals who would like to access NDIS financial and other support are required to meet the four abovementioned listed determinants in order to be eligible.

Age

To be eligible to access the NDIS, a requirement is to be under 65 years of age at the time of processing your application. As a result, for those who are 65 years of age and over, you will be most likely able to access the Commonwealth Aged Care System.

Location

In order to receive funding from the NDIS, your residential location should be in an area where the scheme is operating within, however, it is predicated by 2020 that the scheme will be available throughout the entire of Australia.

Residency status

You will also be eligible to receive funding if you are an Australian Citizen or resident, permanent visa holder or a New Zealand citizen who holds a Protected Special Category Visa.

Disability requirements

The NDIS will provide financial and other required support for individuals who are inflicted with a permanent disability that affects how they manage their life holistically and how significantly it impairs their communication, movement etc.

Early intervention requirements

The NDIS will also provide financial and other required support for individuals who will benefit extensively from receiving early interventions, for instance, acquired brain injury or spinal injury, Cerebral Palsy or Autism etc. Moreover, the NDIS will also offer assistance if early intervention will postpone or reduce the individual’s decline in functioning, for instance, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis or Spinal Bifida). The requirement to access assistance from the scheme is to supply substantial evidence that demonstrates how early intervention will either improve or reduce the decline in an individual’s functioning.

 

If you require more information regarding the eligibility requirements or you need assistance in order to determine if you or someone you know is eligible, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team.

FAQS

  1. Does Discover Nursing Australia have any experience with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?
  2. What will I receive form the NDIS?
  3. How will funding be managed through the NDIS?
  4. Will Discover Nursing Australia allow me to use my funding in accordance with my desires?
  5. Can I select a specific staff that will provide services to me?
  6. What other support is available that is funded under the NDIS?

Does Discover Nursing Australia have any experience with the NDIS?

Our team has extensive experience within the disability area, our leading team members are equipped with medical, nursing and pharmaceutical qualifications that have enabled to practice with healthcare facilities and services. Overtime, throughout the acquisition of professional development and experience our team was generated predominantly to work in an area that is extremely rewarding, the healthcare industry.

One of our main focuses was to transition into the NDIS and in order to ensure we were providing comprehensive information and assistance, we have been following the NDIS since it was in operation. Our team has extensive knowledge, information and newly obtained experience within the NDIS and as a result we have generated new infrastructural operations to ensure that individuals who are transitioning into the NDIS and others who will receive some sort of assistance from the scheme will receive optimal support services from our team.

Our predominant goal is to ensure best outcomes for individuals who are in need of support.

What will I receive form the NDIS?

Individuals transitioning into the NDIS will receive a variety of benefits, inclusive of the following:

  • Individuals will receive guidance to make the correct decisions in conjunction with being supplied with the right information throughout this process
  • A funding system that will replace the state funding systems and enable individuals to receive funding that best suits their needs in consistency with the ability to make independent choices of where their funding goes, for instance, support services that the individual selects
  • To receive prolonged and sustainable funding that will allow for flexibility in terms of when your needs change
  • Individuals will be allowed to obtain funding for early intervention that will allow improvement in functioning to those who are debilitated with a disability and/or to delay or reduce the decline in functioning overtime for those who are gradually experiencing symptoms of a developing disability

If you would like more information regarding what the NDIS covers, please call our direct line on 0481 282 220

How will funding be managed through the NDIS?

If you are eligible to receive funding through the NDIS, you can select the following four options to manage your funding:

  1. A registered plan management provider, for instance, Discover Nursing Australia
  2. Self-management
  3. A plan ‘nominee’
  4. National Disability Insurance Scheme

Will Discover Nursing Australia allow me to use my funding in accordance with my desires?

Yes, our team will ensure that individuals that require support services and other assistance receives this in accordance to their desires. In addition, we will also attempt to assist individuals to be able to receive further support and potentially funding from alternative services if it is not offered through the NDIS.

Can I select a specific staff that will provide services to me?

Discover Nursing Australia allows you the option to request specific staff that have particular qualifications or experience that may suit your requirements. Our team will be committed to ensure all individuals receive continuity of care

What other support is available that is funded under the NDIS?

Individuals who require ongoing support from services may also benefit from other assistance that they may be uncertain whether the NDIS funds these types of support. These include the following:

  • Assistance with learning how to look after of your own home
  • Support with doing your grocery or other type of shopping
  • Link with you with other participants who may like to share care
  • Help you with finding appropriate accommodation

Our team are dedicated to assist you in ensuring that you receive the most appropriate support from service providers and in addition to provide you with other options for support that you may be eligible to receive funding for through the NDIS.

  1. A brief guide to prepare your transition to the NDIS
  2. NDIS Planning Workbook

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an innovative measure to change the way that individuals living with a disability receive care from service providers and funding that is specifically tailored to the individual’s needs. Discover Nursing Australia recommends all individual’s living with a disability and their carer/s to prepare to transition to this scheme irrespective if their current residency is not in a trial site.

In addition, in order to determine when the scheme will be rolled out in the area the individual who is inflicted with a disability resides, the NDIS page (http://www.ndis.gov.au/) contains all this information.

A brief guide to prepare your transition to the NDIS

  1. The first and foremost step is to check eligibility utilising the NDIS Access Checklist
  2. If eligible, the individual is required to become a participant by completing the NDIS Access Request form. The NDIS Access Request form requires to be accompanied by substantiated information referred as evidence of your disability and for individuals who are under 7 years of age with a disability or developmental delay
  3. Once approved as a participant of the NDIS, the next step is to identify the individual’s, or now referred as a participant, personal needs and future aspirations by utilising the Getting Plan Ready form.
  4. The NDIS has also identified the pertinent role the carer plays and as a result the carer/s may benefit from perusing through the information booklet that defines their rights
  5. The NDIA will arrange an appointment with the participant in order to generate a NDIS plan
  6. The participant is then required to select a service provider that is in consistency with their NDIS plan

For more information, please visit MY-Place on the NDIS Website

NDIS Planning Workbook

In reference to step three, the NDIS Planning Workbook that was developed by the NDIA was developed to assist participants and their carer/s to identify their personal needs, aspirations and their current supports. In correspondence with the Getting Plan Ready form, the NDIS Planning Workbook may assist participants and their carer/s in the planning and development of the Individual Support Plan.

  1. The role of the carer
  2. Rules that govern carer involvement
  3. NDIS Rules
  4. Carer statement
  5. Nominees
  6. Supports available through the NDIS 

The role of the carer

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has recognised the significant role the carer plays in order to provide assistance to individuals with a disability. Explicitly, carers cannot enrol into the scheme, although, they can be actively involved and contribute in the assessment and planning process for the individual they care for and who is affected by a disability. In addition, the NDIS offers supportive services that can empower carers to provide optimal care to the individual they are caring for.

Rules that govern carer involvement

The NDIS has enforced rules that govern the involvement of carers and this predominantly allows National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) staff to determine when to involve carers in the assessment and planning process.

NDIS Rules

The scheme has specified rules that encompass how carers for participants will be considered by the NDIA staff, specifically when the agency determines what supports they will fund for participants. The NDIA staff are required to establish if they can expect families and carers to assist in ensuring that the services that are funded are able to be accomplished. The agency also takes in consideration whether the carer may encounter any long-term risks to their wellbeing that is caused by their caring role, for instance, the agency does not expect a child to fulfil the caring role that can cause them to miss out on education due to having to miss school.

Carer statement

The agency promotes correspondence between the NDIA staff and the carers in order to ensure that the carer’s circumstances and capability to fulfil a caring role is considered in accordance with the participants needs. The carer may wish to conduct this meeting with the participant or solely and in addition may have the desire to provide a substantiating Carer Statement that may contribute in the meeting (this is not compulsory).

Nominees

In consistency with the NDIA’s requirements, all appointed nominees are required to make decisions on behalf of the participant and only if the participant cannot make their own decisions. Although, all carers are not required to become nominees unless the participant has requested that they become a nominee. Furthermore, if the participant has a legal guardian that makes all the decisions on their behalf then the guardian will be required to become the participant’s nominee.

The agency has also generated two types of nominees, these include:

  1. Correspondence Nominees: can be actively involved and make most decisions on behalf of a participant with exception to making changes to any plans or managing funds.
  2. Plan Nominees: can be actively involved and make all decisions on behalf of a participant in conjunction to being limited and restricted to specific activities if necessary.

The NDIS has listed requirements that nominees need to abide by, these are inclusive of the following:

  • The participant should be involved in the decision-making process
  • Encourage the participant to participate in the decision-making process to the best of their ability
  • If the participant is unable to contribute in the decision-making process, the nominee is to make decisions in the best interest of the participant
  • If the participant is under the age of 18, then the NDIS requires a representative to make decisions on behalf of the child about the NDIS, who is usually the parent of the child. On some occasions, the child may not require a representative and instead may be actively involved in making decisions (the NDIS is required to be content with the child’s ability to make their own decisions).

Supports available through the NDIS

The NDIS has been explicitly designed for individuals inflicted with a disability and therefore those individuals will be receiving predominantly funding for supports and services. A carer will also benefit from the scheme in several ways, this may include that the care they are required to provide to the individual (they are caring for) may reduce as the scheme will fund supports and services that may increase the individuals independency. Other supports available through the NDIS consists of the following:

  • Training: The insurance agency provides training to parents, carers and others pertaining to the care the individual with a disability requires. The individual may also exhibit abnormal behaviours that are associated with their disability thus behaviour management strategies are also demonstrated through training and education.
  • Behaviour management: The NDIS will develop a management plan that consists of strategies to control, limit and reduce abnormal behaviours that are associated with the individual’s disability.
  • Therapeutical interventions: Interventions that are group based are offered through the agency with the individual’s family or other that is regarding relational or psychosocial issues and usually associated with the individual’s disability.
  • Support Coordination: The agency assists individuals approved to receive funding from the scheme to coordinate their supports and services appropriately.