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Since the Gilliard Labor Government founded the National Disability Insurance Scheme in 2013, the program has been praised, criticized, and appraised on several fronts. Despite being legislation in 2013, the scheme did not go into full effect until 2020. The program enables individuals with either permanent or significant disabilities (under the age of 65) complete access to fully-funded support care, provided via public funding. It is not means-tested, nor does it require the user to contribute to the insurance policy. If you want to know more about forms of treatment and support, check out this comprehensive guide on receiving NDIS occupation therapy.

 

Eligibility rules

Several prescriptions outline the various eligibility rules for the nationwide scheme. Firstly, you need to be aged between 7 and 65 to be eligible for the program. If you are over 65, you can still access support services through organizations like the National Disability Advocacy Program. Home Modification Australia should be consulted if your home needs to be modified to assist you or someone in your household with their disability. If your child has a disability, and they are under 7 years of age, then the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) should be your first point of contact.

To be eligible for NDIS occupational therapy, you must be born in Australia, be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (special category visa holders can apply). The framework also stipulates that users who require consistent disability support services will be eligible for the program. However, that isn’t to say that people who don’t need constant support won’t qualify. If you are unsure, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will be able to clarify your eligibility as per the following standards:

  • the NDIS occupational therapy services must be directly related to the person’s disability
  • the support provided needs to be administered on the basis that it will be successful
  • scope of the services offered need to be contingent of other factors (like availability of family guardians, carers, and social workers)

 

The Local Area Coordination

The Local Area Coordination (LAC) helps individuals access NDIS occupational therapy services. LAC partners are responsible for bridging the gap between the national organization and the local users in need of NDIS occupational therapy. The LAC organizations will connect specific project homes, households, and families with the specific government groups to provide the assistance they need.

 

Specific services provided

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So, what exactly is involved in NDIS occupational therapy (OT)? OT providers focus on assisting individuals in developing autonomy and independence in their lives. They help everyone of all ages, whether it be young children or older Australians. The assistance could range from basic daily tasks (like shopping, washing, and cooking) to more complex functions like participating in the community, organizing events, or developing weekly and fortnightly budgets.

 

Core services

These are some of the most common services provided by OT professionals:

  • Workplace assessments
  • Equipment prescription
  • Functional assessments
  • Home assessments
  • Paediatric support

Ongoing services

NDIS occupational therapy services are generally continuous since one-off support sessions are usually only temporarily effective. As a result, the following are some of the most critical ongoing services provided by OTs:

  • Individual sessions with the child
  • Handwriting sessions
  • School visits (special schools)
  • Workshops
  • Holiday activity programs
  • Seminars on strategies for delivering care

At the end of the day, NDIS occupational therapy is crucial to developing independence, personal satisfaction, and autonomy in the lives of those suffering from disabilities. Living with a debilitating disability can be incredibly stressful and traumatic; however, the support provided by OTs remains a crucial component of the government’s federal scheme.