NDIS Therapy Sydney
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was introduced to the various areas of Sydney in 2016. It is the new way people with a significant disability or medical condition receives services and supports to help them achieve their goals and live as independently as possible. This article outlines some basic information about the NDIS.
Who is eligible for the NDIS?
To gain approval for NDIS funding, participants must be able to show evidence that they have a medical condition/disorder or disability that greatly impacts their lives and independence. The person must provide evidence by way of medical reports and assessments of a medical diagnosis (or diagnoses) and describe supports they are currently receiving (e.g. assistance from carers, friends or family members). Australians up to the age of 65 years old are eligible to be involved in the scheme.
To apply for the scheme, visit the NDIS website and organise an appointment for an assessor to visit you.
How much funding am I eligible for?
Once a person’s needs for supports and services are determined, the NDIS will decide how much funding they get in each of the support categories. As each individual is unique and different, it is difficult to make estimations about how much financial support they will receive. The amount of funding issued depends on the severity of the person’s disability or medical condition and how it affects their life, the supports they are currently engaged in (both formal and informal supports), and their personal and health goals.
What kind of therapy is available?
There are several types of therapies that participants can access via the NDIS. The services that offer therapies are called service providers, and the number of providers is growing rapidly as the scheme becomes implemented across the country.
Therapies such as psychology, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy can be used by participants of the NDIS with their provided funding in the ‘Capacity Building’ support category.
How do I find service providers for therapy?
There are numerous ways participants can find a service to engage with. The NDIS website can be accessed to find a list of service providers in your area. Alternatively, participants can get information from their coordinators, or search online for organisations.
How can therapy help me?
Therapy involves utilising evidence-based practices and procedures to help people (with and without medical conditions) to improve their independence. People with deficits in certain areas, or who have a disability, often benefit from additional supports and regular therapy sessions to assist them in their daily lives. Below are how some common types of therapy can help people:
Occupational therapists help people to become more independent with various aspects of everyday life such personal care, doing general household activities, school, employment, social skills or using public transport. Occupational therapy can help people with fine and gross motor skill deficits, individuals who have difficulty with managing or planning tasks (organization), or social skills deficits. When a person’s needs are identified, occupational therapists develop strategies to develop the person’s skills and independence or modify the person’s environment to enable them to perform the activities they want or need to.
Psychologists assist people to better manage their personal issues and difficulties. Psychology aims to help people better understand their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and generate practical and useful methods to deal with stress and difficult situations. Psychologists work with people who have mental health issues, behavioural difficulties and disabilities. Psychological input can assist individuals who are experiencing issues such as trauma, grief/loss, addictions, phobias, eating disorders or self-harm behaviours.
Speech therapists help people who have communication and language disorders by improving their expressive and receptive speech skills. Speech therapy works with people to not only better comprehend the literal meaning of language, but also syntax, better interpreting body language and facial expressions.