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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been rolled out across Queensland. Queensland Alliance for Mental Health is supporting the mental health community to understand what the NDIS will mean for you.
The NDIS is a new way of providing individualised support for eligible people with permanent and significant disability (including psychosocial disability), their families and carers. More information on psychosocial disability, recovery and the NDIS is available on the NDIS website.
The scheme is designed to give people more choice and control over the services they require and who supplies them. It provides funding directly to eligible participants, enabling them to select the services they need.
To be eligible for the NDIS, an individual must satisfy the age requirement (be under 65 years at the time of request) and residential requirements (be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen holding a Protected Special Category Visa).
They must also have a disability that is likely to be permanent and require support over a lifetime, and that without support, causes substantially reduced capacity to undertake daily living activities and effectively participate in society.
To help assist people with a disability and service providers through the transition, there are a number of resources available on the NDIS website.
At QAMH, we ensure our members receive the latest information about NDIS implementation in the mental health sector, so their organisation operates at its best.