A Guide to Allied Health Housing Assessments

Allied health professionals have the potential to play a powerful role in the lives of people with disabilities. One of their roles, is providing the advice the NDIA relies on to determine whether NDIS participants are eligible for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) funding, and the extent of that funding. Access to appropriate housing can be essential to enabling NDIS participants to live ordinary lives, one of the central premises of the Scheme. In such a context, it is essential that allied health professionals have a clear understanding of the goals, language and processes of the NDIS.

Allied Health Housing Assessments is a guide developed by the Summer Foundation to assist allied health professionals and support coordinators developing Housing Plans for NDIS participants. It draws on the Summer Foundation’s experience, as well 30 consultations with allied health professionals, family members and support coordinators. The NDIA has not produced their own template for Housing Plans, so this guide fills in a huge gap for practitioners.

The guide offers a combination of information, templates and links to other resources. It is an invaluable resource for any allied health professional or support coordinator who is just beginning their journey into the complex world of SDA.

The guide covers the following topics:

  • Part 1 – Allied health professionals, the NDIS and housing

  • Part 2 – Understanding the language of the NDIS

  • Part 3 – Mainstream Housing: Guidance for allied health professionals who are assessing and writing reports to support an NDIS participant in mainstream housing

  • Part 4 – SDA: Guidance for allied health professionals who are assessing and writing reports for an NDIS participant who is wanting to test a their eligibility for SDA

  • Part 5 – Capacity building strategies and interventions

  • Part 6 – Allied health report checklist

  • Part 7 – Factors to assess and relevant assessment tools

  • Part 8 – For support coordinators: contracting allied health housing assessments

  • Part 9 – Sample allied health service agreement