The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australian government program that provides funding and support for people with disabilities. Older adults who were receiving NDIS plans BEFORE they turned 65years old can continue to receive NDIS funding if they meet the eligibility criteria, and it meets their needs.
To receive NDIS funding, individuals need to go through an application process, which involves filling out a detailed application form and providing evidence of their disability. They will also need to undergo an assessment by a qualified health professional, who will determine the level of support they require.
Once approved, NDIS funding can be used to access a range of services and supports, including allied health services, assistive technology, home modifications, and community participation programs. The funding is individualized, which means it is tailored to each person's unique needs and goals.
NDIS funding can be self-managed, which involves taking full responsibility for managing the budget and arranging services and supports independently. Alternatively, individuals can use a plan manager or have the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) manage their funding.
To provide NDIS services, allied health professionals must become a registered provider which is an additional process to being registered with Medicare.