We all know that the time between submitting an NDIS application and receiving your funding package can be lengthy. For some participants, this will not be a huge problem, as they have funding from other programs and informal supports that they can rely on in the short term. For others, it can be a disaster. Many of these participants are in contact with health or allied health professionals, who may have helped them with their application process. Moreover, they also may not have any contacts in the disability sector yet. It is, therefore, highly beneficial for health practitioners to know what supports are available while waiting for a plan.
In the past, we looked at the Report Writing Tip Sheet, on the NDIS Health Toolkit website. The toolkit was developed as a result of a partnership between Deakin University, G21 and Barwon Health and funded by the NDIA Community Inclusion and Capacity Development Grants Programme.This week we would like to draw your attention to the Alternative Supports While Awaiting NDIS Planning Tip Sheet. It lists supports available, who they are targeted at and contact details. The Tip Sheet includes temporary accommodation, personal care supports, advocacy and carer supports.
Of course, not all supports are in every state and there are not nearly enough of them available. However, this is one of those cases where something is better than nothing. If I was a health practitioner or anybody who works with people with disabilities, I would have a copy of this document in my desk drawer. It just might help the right person at the right time.