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Accessing Therapeutic Supports From NDIS

Are you wondering how to access therapeutic supports from NDIS? Most participants of the national disability insurance scheme will opt for something related to therapy when taking part in the scheme. For a lot of people therapy options can be essential for helping them to reach the goals they set for themselves, but getting access to the funding for therapeutic supports from NDIS can be complicated to try and navigate. Different therapeutic supports from NDIS will be relevant to different categories or for different goals or disabilities, so it can be hard to work out funding or what therapists should be charging for different services.

Read on below for more information about therapeutic support from NDIS works and get helpful ideas about how to maximise the funding available to you.


What therapeutic supports in NDIS are covered?

The national disability insurance scheme helps people access a range of therapy options the categories can be quite vague and hard to define, making it difficult for participants to know if it applies to them. The kinds of therapy you access will depend on your specific needs and goals, as well as what is seen to be fair and logical for your specific needs. Generally, if you are able to provide evidence for how the therapy might relate to your need and what goals or outcomes you’d like to achieve, it can be funded. There are different categories that the scheme will usually focus on when deciding to fund. Firstly, they’ll focus on improving your daily life, this usually focuses on helping you to develop life skills and might relate to anything from NDIS speech pathology to art therapy. The rates involved for therapists that help with these kinds of skills can vary.

Therapies that can help you to build and improve relationships might also be funded. This can cover things like psychologists, behavioural therapists and psychiatrists who can help with socialization and behaviour management. There are different rate levels in this category, the highest rate reaches around $200 an hour and relates to behavioural intervention support.

Funding might also be provided for therapies that help with improving your health and mobility. This might relate to therapies like dieticians, physiologists and personal trainers. The rates in this category can vary wildly from around $50 to $200 an hour.


How do I get therapeutic supports from NDIS?

The simplest way is to discuss is during your planning meeting or annual review meeting, to get funding approved you’ll need to show how therapies link back to your goal and you may also need to provide supporting evidence of why the therapy might benefit you or your condition. You’ll need to relate it to your specific goals and needs and potentially get testimonials from carers or other supporting information. If you don’t have a meeting on the horizon you can request a review of your plan, although this can take some time.


Other tips

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You should remember to talk to your service provider about what category you have funding for, if they accidentally invoice for the wrong category payments might not be processed. Don’t be scared to talk to your planner and to speak to experts to find out everything you need to know about what could be covered under your plan. The national disability insurance scheme gives many people opportunities to access great therapies, but sometimes it takes some time and persistence to get the right funding. Don’t miss out, speak to your planner about what you’re eligible for and make the most out of your plan.


Hopefully, this information has been helpful and gives a good overview of how you can access therapies to suit you.