National Disability Insurance Scheme

What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia.

The NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.

Reasonable and necessary supports help people with disability achieve their goals, including independence, community involvement, employment and wellbeing. Supports may include personal care and support, access to the community, therapy services and essential equipment.

The NDIS also provides people with disability, their families and carers with information and referrals to support services in the community.

Helping other people access the NDIS – for health professionals

As a health provider you play a crucial role in helping individuals access the appropriate support for their needs.

If you have a patient who is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person or from a multicultural background who needs help to apply for or navigate the NDIS, you can contact your local NDIS Community Connector who can give them one-to-one assistance.

For more information, visit the NDIS website here.

The team from Eastern Melbourne PHN created this great video where Dr Alavi, a GP from Banyule Community Health Service, discusses how GPs can support their patients to access the NDIS.