For people living with disability, health conditions can often add to or create day to day challenges. Understanding which health conditions the NDIS will approve to help manage and which are the responsibility of government Health departments can often be challenging too.
As both State and Federal government have recently come to a new agreement over funding responsibilities, NDIS participants will soon have access to a range of new health supports. Being aware of these changes can help you avoid any unnecessary stress or confusion.
Finding out more about the range of support services that can be funded through your NDIS plan can also help empower you to take control of your health.
Who is responsible for what?
In simple terms:
- Government Health departments are responsible for the diagnosis, early intervention and treatment of health conditions
- The NDIS funds health and wellbeing supports to manage a participant’s health condition if that health condition is directly related to a participant’s disability – to help them to fully engage in everyday life
Some health conditions can also be supported through an NDIS plan if they are directly related to a participant’s disability and affect their daily activities, for example:
|A man with an amputated leg||NDIS plan|
|He also has coeliac disease||Separate health condition|
While he is a NDIS participant, coeliac disease is not directly related to his disability so this man seeks treatment for this health condition through other Health organisations.
|A girl with Down’s syndrome||NDIS plan|
|She also has coeliac disease due to Down’s syndrome||NDIS plan|
|she cannot leave the house due to associated bowel problems||NDIS plan|
Coeliac disease is directly linked to Down syndrome. As this participant cannot leave the house due to the bowel problems associated with coeliac disease and her daily life is affected, she is entitled to funding for her health condition via her NDIS plan.
There are a number of other health and wellbeing related supports to help manage health conditions which will also soon be supported through the NDIS, including diabetic management, continence, wound and pressure care, respiratory care and nutritional support.
Therefore, dietitians, who offer nutritional support for better health and wellbeing, can provide you with health support via the NDIS. They can also help in the prevention and management of diet-related conditions, weight management and change poor eating habits. They aim to improve participants’ physical and mental health as well as their overall outlook on life.
The NDIS aims to give people with disability a choice of what support services they need and how these services are provided to them – you can choose how you spend your funding and whom you spend it with.
Fortunately, each NDIS plan is tailored to each participant’s goals, so if you would like to improve your health outcomes through changing eating behaviours, food choices and optimising nutrition, you may be able to include dietitian consultations in your plan.
To include specific support in your plan, it must be considered ‘reasonable and necessary’ which means that it must be directly related to your disability and represent value for money.
At your NDIS planning meeting, you will be considered as an individual and your particular situation will be taken into account. It’s your opportunity to choose the support you would like for the 12 months ahead so be prepared!
Before your meeting:
- Think about your goals for your health and for your life as a whole, both in the short-term and the long-term.
- What are your day to day challenges and what would you like assistance with?
- How would you like to manage your plan – by yourself or with a Plan Manager?
- Do you need support to find and organise your service providers?
At the meeting:
- If you are concerned about being eligible for funding for any particular health supports you would like to include in your plan, take any documentation with you that will help you to present your case
- If you already have a service provider, ask them for a letter of recommendation to support your case
Most NDIS plans fully fund dietitian consultations under Capacity Building within Improved Health and Wellbeing.
At Kinela, our experienced dietitians specialise in supporting people living with disability and health conditions. Our services include guided supermarket tours, meal planning and everyday tips on meal preparation and balanced eating.
Our dietitians create custom meal plans and programs and we help you set your health goals. Once we have designed a program just for you, we deliver the program in person or via video call at your home or wherever suits you best.
Together, we track your progress and support you every step of the way in your journey to better health.
Book your consultation
If you would like to find out more about NDIS funding for dietitians and other health support services, call us on 1800 572 096 or fill out the form below to book your first consultation with our friendly team.