National Disability Insurance Scheme

What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia.

The NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.

Reasonable and necessary supports help people with disability achieve their goals, including independence, community involvement, employment and wellbeing. Supports may include personal care and support, access to the community, therapy services and essential equipment.

The NDIS also provides people with disability, their families and carers with information and referrals to support services in the community.

Helping other people access the NDIS – for health professionals

As a health provider you play a crucial role in helping individuals access the appropriate support for their needs.

For more information, visit the NDIS website here.

The team from Eastern Melbourne PHN created this great video where Dr Alavi, a GP from Banyule Community Health Service, discusses how GPs can support their patients to access the NDIS.

Help accessing the NDIS – for community members

The NDIS have selected an organisation in your community to deliver the Local Area Coordinator (LAC) Partners in the Community Program. The LACs are in place to help people access the NDIS, and then help them implement their plans. The LACs will work to ensure more people live fulfilling and connected lives.

Call or email your local LAC office, listed in the drop down menu below.

Central Queensland

Rockhampton: Carers Queensland

Call (07) 4994 1600, or email rockhamptonLAC@carersqld.com.au

Gladstone: Carers Queensland

Call (07) 4994 1600, or email gladstoneLAC@carersqld.com.au

Emerald: Carers Queensland

Call (07) 4994 1600, or email emeraldLAC@carersqld.com.au

Wide Bay

Discovery Coast: Carers Queensland

Call (07) 4124 0922, or email widebay@carersqld.com.au

Bundaberg: IWC

Call 1300 492 492, or email info@iwc.org.au

Fraser Coast: APM

Call 1800 276 276, or visit www.apm.net.au/ndis

North Burnett:

Call 1800 276 276, or visit www.apm.net.au/ndis

Sunshine Coast

Maroochydore and Gympie: Carers Queensland

Call (07) 5376 1300, or email sunshinecoast@carersqld.com.au