Equipment funding updates for the NDIS

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Starting from October 1 2019, the NDIS are now funding supports and equipment that is related to a participant’s health condition and is required because of their disability. In the past the NDIS said that this was the responsibility of the health sector, but following advocacy and legal cases at the administrative appeals tribunal, this has now changed.

The health areas now funded are:

Dysphagia Supports

  • Development of oral eating and drinking care plans (OEDCP)
  • Swallowing therapy associated with dysphagia provided by an allied health professional 

Diabetic Management Supports

  • Development of diabetic management plan
  • Daily maintenance and care associated with diabetic management plan (where participant is unable to self-manage due to their disability)

Continence Supports

  • Catheter changes
  • Cleaning of catheters
  • Consumables
  • Assessments, plans and reviews

Wound and Pressure Care Supports

  • Wound care consumables (e.g. dressings)
  • Lymphoedema machines
  • Lymphoedema garments

Respiratory Supports

  • Tracheostomy changes
  • Tracheostomy clinical management
  • Tracheostomy equipment and consumables
  • Constant Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine and consumables
  • Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) machine and consumables
  • Air humidifier
  • Portable suction machine
  • Cough assist machine
  • Ventilator

Nutrition Supports

  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) and HEN equipment (or similar) and consumables, excluding Food Formula
  • Thickeners and nutritional supplements
  • PEG stoma changes
  • Dietetic consultations
  • Development of nutritional meal plans
  • Development of meal time management plans

Podiatry and Foot Care Supports

  • Podiatry diagnosis and assessment and development of podiatry care plan 

Epilepsy Supports

  • Epilepsy seizure monitoring
  • Epilepsy monitoring through assistive technology

If you or someone you know could do with having these kind of supports funded in their NDIS plan, talk to them, or support them to contact their support coordinator or Local area coordinator. 

And if you have any other NDIS related questions please contact the support coordination team on supportcoordination@amicus.org.au and we will do our best to help you out.