A person with cognitive impairment will be eligible for the NDIS if they meet the age and residence requirements and either of the disability or early intervention criteria.
Cognitive impairment is when a person has trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating, or making decisions that affect their everyday life. Cognitive impairment ranges from mild to severe. With mild impairment, people may begin to notice changes in cognitive functions, but still be able to do their everyday activities.
Severe levels of impairment can lead to losing the
ability to understand the meaning or importance of something and the ability to talk or write, resulting in the inability to live independently.
An individual may be eligible to become a participant of the NDIS where cognitive impairment affects their ability to participate at home, at school, at work and/or in social situations.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australia-wide scheme that assists people with permanent and significant disability including, cognitive impairment. The scheme helps participants to achieve their goals, take part in daily life, choose their own supports and services.
The scheme provides funding directly to eligible participants enabling them to purchase the services they need.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) was established to implement the scheme and is responsible for assessing eligibility and working with participants to develop support plans to meet their needs.
NSW Health works closely with the NDIA to ensure our patients, their families and carers can make the most of the opportunities and services available through the NDIS.
To be eligible to become a participant of the NDIS an individual must satisfy the age requirements (be under 65 years at time of request) and residence requirements (be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen who is a Protected Special Category Visa holder).
An individual must also satisfy one of the disability or early intervention requirements set out in the NDIS Act 2013. More detail on each requirement is set out in the NDIS (Becoming a Participant) Amendment Rules 2016.
A person with cognitive impairment will be eligible for the NDIS if they meet the (i) age, (ii) residence, and either (iii) disability or (iv) early intervention criteria.
The person has a disability that is likely to be permanent, and:
To meet the early intervention criteria the person must have a disability that is likely to be permanent, or be a child with a development delay. There must also be evidence to show that early supports will reduce how much help the person will need to do things in the future.
NSW Health continues to provide emergency and routine inpatient and outpatient clinical services, including surgery, palliative care to all NSW residents, including those with a disability.
The NDIS provides funding for specialist disability supports. It does not replace mainstream health services. Some elements of a person’s support needs can, however, be met through sources other than NDIS funded supports such as mainstream support services, family and friends. The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary supports that focus on a person’s functional ability.
An individual may be eligible to become a participant of the NDIS where cognitive impairment affects their ability to participate at home, school, work and/or in social situations.
NSW Health will continue to be responsible for the diagnosis of people with cognitive impairment and provide acute clinical treatment:
Diagnosis - assessment, diagnosis and referral for people entering or exiting the NSW Health system
Clinical care - clinical care related to physical, cognitive, communication, behaviour and mental health, where treatment is directly related to the person’s health status or after a recent medical or surgical event
Rehabilitation - non-inpatient rehabilitation programs for cognitive and physical function NSW Health will assist a person to access the NDIA where the individual has cognitive impairment and is:
NSW Health will also refer individuals to other services based on their needs including:
To find out if a person with disability is eligible for the NDIS use the NDIS Access Checklist which is available on the NDIS website.
For further information on the NDIS in NSW visit NDIS website