The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) - Health Community of Practice (NDIS-Health CoP) is co-sponsored by TRACS WA and the Disability Health Network (DHN). The fifth NDIS-Health CoP event was held on 7th November at Fiona Stanley Hospital. 16 people attended at the meeting site, and an estimated 36 people attended via VC.
The main objective of the CoP was to assist health clinicians to understand the new NDIS funding agreement on disability-related health supports which came into effect on 1st October 2019 (COAG Disability Reform Council meeting, June 2019). In order to be funded by NDIS, health supports must be part of the participant’s daily life and must be linked to their disability. There are eight areas that will be covered including supports related to: Dysphagia, Diabetic Management, Continence, Wound and Pressure Care, Respiratory, Nutrition, Podiatry and Foot Care and Epilepsy.
Tim Fettis (Director, Community & Mainstream Engagement, National Disability Insurance Agency) spoke about the way that the new funding system works, and presented some illustrative case studies as examples of the different types of supports available. Kate Bullow, (Snr Social Worker, Spinal Outreach Service, FSH) spoke from her clinical perspective, working with people with spinal cord injury who have been receiving NDIS funding for a number of years, and what the new funding option for health related supports would mean for this cohort. Kate is currently seconded one day per week to the Health Department on a project looking at the implementation of the disability-related health supports funding agreement.
Both speakers identified that while there are a number of areas still to be clarified, the NDIA is being proactive and is contacting participants who may be eligible for these supports to explain the options to include disability-related health supports in their next plan. The speakers’ presentations are available on the TRACS WA website.
Some participants indicated that they are keen for opportunities to network with, and learn from, colleagues who are more experienced with the NDIS. Building in structured opportunities for attendees to network is a core goal for future NDIS-Health events in 2020.
Presenters Tim Fettis and Kate Bullow