The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. The access requirements for the NDIS include people with a psychiatric condition who have significant and permanent functional impairment. Most of these participants will have support needs from both the Scheme and the health and mental health system. The health and mental health systems have responsibility for assisting participants with clinical and medical treatment. The health and mental health systems are responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric conditions and mental illness. This includes:
- all medical and clinical services such as general practitioners, mental health treatment by psychiatrists or psychologists
- care while admitted in hospital, in-patient and residential care
- medications and pharmaceuticals
To check your eligibility for the program go to www.ndis.gov.au/my-access-checker.