People with a psychosocial disability that significantly impacts their life and is likely to be permanent may qualify for NDIS support.
Psychosocial disability is the term used to describe disabilities that may arise from mental health issues. Whilst not everyone who has a mental health issue will experience psychosocial disability, those that do can experience severe effects and social disadvantage.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australia-wide scheme that assists people with disability including, psychosocial disability. People with a disability that significantly impacts their life and is likely to be permanent may qualify for NDIS support.
The scheme provides funding directly to eligible participants enabling them to purchase the services they need.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is implementing the scheme and is responsible for assessing eligibility and working with participants to develop support plans to meet their needs.
NSW Health is working 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 inpidual must satisfy the age requirements (i.e. be under 65 years at time of request) and residence requirements (i.e. 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. A person meets the disability requirements if:
A person can meet these criteria even if they have an episodic mental illness. More information on psychosocial disability, recovery and the NDIS is available online.
More detail on each requirement is set out in the NDIS (Becoming a Participant) Amendment Rules 2017.
The scheme does not replace mainstream health services. NSW Health continues to provide emergency and routine clinical services such as surgery, dental care and palliative care to all NSW residents, including those with a disability.
Not all elements of a person’s support needs are met through NDIS funded support. Some are met through mainstream support services, family and friends. The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary non-clinical supports that focus on a person’s functional ability.
NSW Health continues to be responsible for the following for clients with mental illness:
NSW Health can assist people with mental illness who may be eligible to access the NDIS. This
includes people in both inpatient and community
settings. For further information about how to help
clients access the NDIS, visit the following:
Each local health district (LHD) and specialty health network (SHN) has a NDIS Transition Lead and a NDIS Mental Health Champion, who can provide additional resources and advice.