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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Mental Health

South West Healthcare Mental Health Services do not provide care under the NDIS and the NDIS is not designed to replace community mental health services or treatment services provided by South West Healthcare.

We do however:

  • Support people with their assessments for their application to the NDIS
  • Provide ongoing mental health assessment and treatment,
  • Work in partnership with NDIS providers to help participants reach their recovery goals

A founding principle of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is that:

“People with disability should be supported to participate in and contribute to social and economic life to the extent of their ability” – Section 4 NDIS Act 2013.

Under the NDIS, recovery means a person is able to achieve an optimal state of personal, social and emotional wellbeing while living with a mental health condition.
The NDIS is designed to support people with disability to increase their independence and fully participate in community and working life.

People who meet the NDIS access criteria are known as NDIS participants. People with long-term disability resulting from a mental health condition may be able to become NDIS participants.

  • Eligibility for NDIS

    To become an NDIS participant, you must:

    • Be an Australian citizen, or have a permanent or Special Category Visa (SCV) AND
    • Be under 65 years old when you apply to join the NDIS AND
    • Live in an area where the NDIS is available.

    If you have a mental health condition and want to access the NDIS, you must meet the above criteria and provide evidence that:

    • Your mental health condition has caused difficulties in your everyday life AND
    • The difficulties you experience as a result of your mental health condition mean you will likely always require NDIS support AND
    • The difficulties you experience as a result of your mental health issue have substantially reduced your ability to do everyday activities.

    https://www.ndis.gov.au/understanding/how-ndis-works/mental-health-and-ndis
    https://www.ndis.gov.au/contact

Page last updated: 16 December 2020

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