NDIS - What does it mean? Am I eligible?
NDIS - What does it mean? Am I eligible?
Gong Life Care Solutions (GLCS) is a registered provider under the National Disability Insurance Scheme - NDIS - scheme. We are a local Australian business based in Wollongong, NSW, supplying equipment all around Australia. GLCS specifically caters to the home, aged, health and disability sectors providing innovative high quality products from international manufacturers, to assist people to remain as independent as possible in the home.
Firstly – a word on Coronavirus
The Australian Government has enacted the Coronavirus Emergency Response Plan and a national campaign has been launched to inform all Australians about the coronavirus (COVID-19). The campaign information can be seen and heard on television, and is also available on the Department of Heath website in various accessible formats.
Regular updates can be found on the Government health alerts website: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/what-you-need-to-know-about-coronavirus-covid-19#good-hygiene
Another good source of information is the ABC – both radio and ABC TV sites (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). The ABC Radio provides a podcast called “Coronacast” which is a podcast that is updated daily and also offers an opportunity for the public to submit questions about coronavirus. Dr Norman Swan and expert guests break down the latest news and research to help us all understand how the world is living through this epidemic.
Listen via the website https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/coronacast/we-are-coronacast-and-are-answering-your-questions/12026020 or for free on ABC listen app, Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.
If you're hoping to stay healthy and coronavirus-free, these are the main elements for protecting ourselves and each other: Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, Practise good hygiene, and Practise social distancing. At the risk of boring you if you’ve heard it too many times, here is the advice from the Australian Department of Health
Good hygiene includes:
- covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
- disposing of tissues properly
- washing your hands often on all surfaces, using soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet; alternatively using alcohol-based hand sanitisers, half a teaspoon and rubbing all surfaces until dry
- cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
- if you are sick, avoiding contact with others and staying more than 1.5 metres away from people
- cleaning and sanitising frequently used objects such as mobiles, keys and wallets
One way to slow the spread of viruses is social distancing. For example:
- staying at home when you are unwell
- avoiding large public gatherings if they’re not essential
- keeping a distance of 1.5 metres between you and other people whenever possible
- minimizing physical contact, especially with people at higher risk such as older people and people with existing health conditions
Now, NDIS… am I eligible?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a scheme of the Australian Government that funds costs associated with disability. The scheme was legislated for in 2013 and is expected to be in full operation nationally by the end of 2020. It is administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency.
Gong Life Care Solutions (GLCS) is a registered provider under the NDIS scheme. We are a local Australian business located in Wollongong, NSW, supplying equipment all around Australia. GLCS specifically caters to the home, aged, health and disability sectors providing innovative high quality products from international manufacturers, to assist people to remain as independent as possible in the home.
The NDIS website explains clearly what NDIS stands for, who it’s for and what it provides. In a nutshell -
- National: The NDIS is being introduced progressively across all states and territories.
- Disability: The NDIS provides support to eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability. Early intervention supports can also be provided for eligible people with disability or children with developmental delay.
- Insurance: The NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind if they, their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability, they will get the support they need.
- Scheme: The NDIS is not a welfare system. The NDIS is designed to help people get the support they need so their skills and independence improve over time.
In general terms, the scheme provides funding for eligible Australians aged under 65, who have a permanent and significant disability. A permanent disability means your disability is likely to be lifelong. A significant disability has a substantial impact on your ability to complete everyday activities. (If you are over 65, you may be eligible for supports and services funded by the Commonwealth Government’s My Aged Care program).
The term “supports and services” is used in relation to what NDIS can provide, and this translates to “assistance or products that help a person in their daily life and help them participate in the community and reach their goals”.
To check your eligibility, you can complete the checklist on the NDIS website. https://www.ndis.gov.au/applying-access-ndis/am-i-eligible
You could also talk initially to your health care provider or support worker, or ask a family member or friend to assist you to make enquiries at a local NDIS office or by phone on 1800 800 110
One of the questions asked in the process of determining eligibility is whether or not you need to use special equipment because of a permanent and significant disability. When you develop an NDIS plan for your supports and services, the budget can include items of required equipment, such as assistive technology.
This could be mobility devices, digital technology devices, software, simple items such as magnifiers, kitchen aids, or assistive aids for the workplace – the range of options within this category is many and varied, as NDIS plans are created to suit individual needs. The item or assistance must relate to a person’s disability, and not be part of usual day-to-day living costs.
The NDIS website also makes it very clear which supports and services are provided separately by other departments or services, eg state or federal Health departments, Aged Care, Education departments and Employment services, etc - and there is a great degree of collaboration across the different mandates to ensure that the coordinated needs of people with disabilities are met.
Gong Life Care Solutions can provide a quote for any of our products to assist your planning. We supply the latest in modern high-quality equipment for home use as well as for out and about. Our products such as our Aquabuddy Home mobile shower in bed system, our light foldable KMINA indoor rollator, and the STRONGBACK posture support wheelchair, are all light, strong, safe and durable, and good value for money. In addition we are the sole suppliers of these ground-breaking products, and take pride in our service after-sales service.
Talk with your doctor or other health or support provider, or the NDIS Local Area Coordinator.
Contact us on 1300 907 280, Tues to Fri, 8.00 am – 5.00 pm AEDT
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