Therapy Services is now providing Occupational Therapy
in the Hunter Region for those children, adolescents and adults
who are eligible under the NDIS. This is a mobile
service with supports being provided in the family home, preschool,
school and day programs.
Services that we will be providing include Early Intervention,
Equipment prescription, Home modifications, behavior intervention
and Specialised Seating.
Who can access the NDIS?
A person with a disability or anyone who requires early intervention
from birth to 65 years of age who is an Australian citizen, resident
or holder of certain classes of visa, and living in Australia.
Currently you must reside in one of the launch sites to access
the NDIS - with the Hunter Region being the area we are now providing
The NDIS commenced in the Hunter area on 1 July 2013. People with
disability living in the 3 local government areas (LGAs) of Newcastle,
Lake Macquarie and Maitland can access the scheme gradually to
enable a smooth transition from existing supports. People in the
Hunter launch will transition between 2013 and 2016. The full
scheme will rollout across NSW between 2016 and 2018.
What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new scheme
designed to help improve disability services and provide greater
control and decision making to Australians with disabilities.
Those people with disabilities and their families will be active
participants in deciding what support, equipment and therapy services
they require for all aspects of care. An eligible participant
will meet with a support planner who will work together to identify
what current and future supports you believe are most important
An eligible participant is then funded to purchase services, aids
and equipment from a variety of service providers that they choose
with the assistance and guidance of the planner.
As a person's circumstances or condition changes, they will be
able to apply to have their funded plan adjusted to meet current
and ongoing needs.
How do I access NDIS funding if myself, my child or a
person I support is eligible?
Firstly you and your child or the person you support; meet with
a 'planner' from the National Disability Insurance Agency to confirm
eligibility. From there the planner will discuss your goals, hopes
and aspirations for the future which goes on to form a 'plan'
outlining the supports that will be required.
Coastwide Therapy Services can work with you throughout your planning
process and once you get your package.
What happens with my current supports?
No changes occur until after you have met with your planner from
the NDIA and have received your plan and budget for support/ services/
Please note for those children already receiving funding through
FaHCSIA under the "Helping Children with Autism" and
"Better Start" packages- once your NDIS plan has been
approved, funding you may be receiving through those programs
will cease and your child's supports will be funded through your