National Disability Insurance Scheme
What is the NDIS?
NDIS funding is provided to eligible Australians aged under 65 who are living with a permanent and significant disability. It aims to put the focus back onto the individual giving them choice and control over how and where their funding is used.
Everyone’s funding will differ based on personal circumstances and can only be used to pay service providers who deliver supports you require to meet your needs and achieve your goals. Your needs and goals are determined at your planning meeting with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and the details are included in your plan.
Early Childhood Approach
The Nationally consistent Early Childhood approach is for children younger than 7 with development delay or disability and their families. The Early childhood approach was developed based on the evidence-based research with the help of leading experts in early childhood intervention.
In many areas around Australia, early childhood partners are available to help you get the support your child needs These are local organisations which receive NDIS funding to deliver the the Early childhood approach.
Services that the National Disability Scheme fund
Applicants for NDIS must prove that their requested supports will assist them to achieve their specified goals. These goals may include things like maintaining and increasing independence, accessing the community and gaining and maintaining employment. This is an individualised service aimed at improving quality of life and has given many parents, guardians, children and adults under the age of 65 a new peace of mind.
Supports which maybe funded include:
- Assistive Technology
- Home and vehicle modifications.
- Disability specific accommodation
- Support to build skills
Who is eligible for NDIS support?
To be eligible for NDIS support – to become what is known as an NDIS participant – you need to comply with the following four rules:
- Have a permanent disability that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities
- Be aged less than 65 upon NDIS application approval
- Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent or Protected Special Category visa
- Live in Australia
What is a NDIS Provider?
Every piece of Assistive Technology (AT) used by NDIS participants which is deemed “reasonable and necessary” can be funded by the NDIS. Approval of financial support is based upon individual needs and not categorised according to disability type, which means your Therapist will need to provide an AT report for most pieces of equipment.
Healthcare Equip is a registered NDIS provider meaning we can accept payment from NDIS managed, self managed and plan managed participants. To gain and maintain our NDIS registration we have proved that we work according to state and territory Quality and Safeguards requirements, adhere to pricing guidelines published in the NDIS Price Guide and Support Catalogues, and advertise these products in a transparent manner.
Quality and Safeguards requirements have been drawn up by the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission – an independent agency working towards the improvement of quality and safety standards of NDIS support materials and services. This means Healthcare Equip’s products fully comply with strict Quality and Safeguard requirements in Australia.
What Assistive Technologies are covered by the NDIS?
The Assistive Technology and Consumables Code Guide lists codes for various NDIS eligible equipment, the approval of which depends upon your individual application. Healthcare Equip products will fall into all of the following 3 categories:
Low cost assistive technology: under $1,500 per item
Mid cost assistive technology: between $1,500 and $5,000 per item
High cost assistive technology: over $5,000 per item
The list of NDIS funded AT is long, but some examples which Healthcare Equip provides can include:
- Standing frames
- Gait trainers and walking frames
- Car seats and Vehicle restraints
- Adaptive Tricycles
- Strollers and Wheelchairs
- Indoor seating options
- Respiratory aspiration units and accessories
- Oxygen concentrators
- Repairs to the above-listed equipment