Are you NDIS ready?
The WA NDIS will start rolling out across WA from 1 July 2017. For more information on the WA NDIS and upcoming information sessions please refer to the NDIS WA website.
The WA NDIS roll-out is currently planned to take three years as outlined below:
1 July 2017: The Kimberley-Pilbara, the remaining South Metro region and the Perth Hills
1 July 2018: Goldfields Esperance, North Metro and the remaining Wheatbelt, South West and Central South Metro
1 July 2019: Midwest Gascoyne, Great Southern, Central North Metro and South East Metro
What support can I ask for?
For specific information about the NDIS in relation to spinal cord injury we suggest you visit the Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) website. SCIA also offers support to members entering the NDIS by providing an interactive planning document, FAQs and the opportunity to contact SCIA's Customer Connect team with any questions.
Think about your functional goals, and the support you might need to achieve those goals, before your first planning meeting. Areas of support to consider include:
- Improve health and wellbeing – Do you need physiotherapy/OT to maintain fitness for daily living, prevention of deterioration/contractures or assistance with posture? You can also ask your physiotherapist to come to your planning meeting too! Neuromoves and Rocky Bay both provide a range of exercise services for people with SCI to help improve health, function, mobility and independence.
- Equipment - How often do you need your wheelchair serviced or pressure management cushions? How often do you need to be reviewed? Is there equipment that will help you improve independence and participation in the home and community? The Independent Living Centre provides information on assistive technology (aids or equipment) which may help you to carry-out daily activities. For complex situations, such as powered mobility and home modifications, consult a therapy provider who can work with you to provide recommendations for your plan.
- Continence – If continence issues are due to your disability, all continence consumables and aids should be supplied and included in your NDIS plan. For more information on continence and the NDIS, refer to the Continence Foundation of Australia website here.
- Social and community participation – What recreational activities would you like to participate in? Do you need specialised sporting equipment or equipment modification? Do you need personal assistance to enable you to participate or carer assistance to travel to a recreation event?