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Reasonable and Necessary podcast series

Reasonable and Necessary: Making Sense of the NDIS is a podcast series by the Summer Foundation, hosted by our very own Dr George Taleporos.

Each podcast episode aims to simplify the NDIS for participants, their families and anyone supporting NDIS participants to work their way through the system.

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Reasonable and Necessary: Making Sense of the NDIS is a podcast series by the Summer Foundation, hosted by our very own Dr George Taleporos.

Each podcast episode aims to simplify the NDIS for participants, their families and anyone supporting NDIS participants to work their way through the system.

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The Housing Needs and Preferences to Support Discharge Guide and Template are for health professionals to support a person with disability to describe the housing and support they want and need so that they can be discharged to suitable housing.

By understanding a person’s housing needs and preferences, health teams can facilitate people with disability to exercise real choice and control over the type of housing they live in, where they live and who they live with. Working in a pressured health system can mean this task feels overwhelming. 

The guide and the template assist health teams to have a very important conversation with a person with disability in hospital. It is the first step in finding housing and moving patients along the discharge pathway more efficiently.

The guide and template are designed to be used together.

As part of the NDIS Housing Options project, 2 new booklets have been developed to assist people with disability and their families, and NDIS and housing providers understand housing options under the NDIS, including Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).

These booklets provide information specifically for Queensland. You can also watch a recent webinar presentation below:

Housing Options – a guide to housing and the NDIS in Queensland has been developed to help NDIS participants and people who support them to understand and explore better housing options, as well as think about their housing needs and preferences.

About Specialist Disability Accommodation – a resource for providers explains what SDA is and how it works. This booklet also provides some current SDA data for Queensland.

Watch the webinar

For more information about these booklets and the information they provide relevant to Queensland, you can watch a recent webinar presentation below.

In response to feedback from the SDA panel, the Summer Foundation has developed 2 new resources to help support coordinators and allied health professionals prepare an NDIS participant housing statement.

The Participant Housing Statement Template (with accompanying guide) seeks to ensure that the NDIA provides people with funding that reflects their preferred housing option.

People under 65 in residential aged care (RAC), or at risk of admission to RAC, with complex disability support needs, whose disability prevents them from living in a mainstream housing option, may only need to submit a participant housing statement between 2 and 5 pages long.

The participant housing statement with supporting documentation should be submitted to the NDIA. Supporting documentation includes allied health assessments, carer statements, RAC care plans, incident and police reports. We have developed a Participant Housing Statement Template to assist.

Who this guide is for

This guide is for people in residential aged care (RAC), or at risk of admission to RAC, and others at risk of permanent admission to RAC. For all other NDIS participants testing their eligibility for SDA, we recommend submitting a housing plan. See our How to Write a Housing Plan Guide and Template.

Considerations

Allied health professional reports must address:
– Section 34, R&N, of the NDIS Act 2013
– SDA Rules 2020, Eligibility, andmeets SDA needs requirement (Rules 11- 18)

Providing extensive evidence to the NDIA supports people’s choice and control and guards against the NDIA funding them to live in a group home.

The decision to supplement allied health reports with a housing plan or a participant housing statement rests with the participant. Consider the circumstances and preferred housing outcome when deciding.

NDIS Housing Options resources – Western Australia: As part of the NDIS Housing Options project, 2 new booklets have been developed to assist people with disability and their families, and NDIS and housing providers understand housing options under the NDIS, including Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).

These booklets provide information specifically for Western Australia. You can also watch a recent webinar presentation below:

Housing Options – a guide to housing and the NDIS in Western Australia has been developed to help NDIS participants and people who support them to understand and explore better housing options, as well as think about their housing needs and preferences.

About Specialist Disability Accommodation – a resource for providers explains what SDA is and how it works. This booklet also provides some current SDA data for Western Australia.

Watch the webinar

For more information about these booklets and the information they provide relevant to Western Australia, you can watch a recent webinar presentation below.

The purpose of the directory is to provide information to hospital discharge teams and their patients about housing providers who may have suitable housing options for discharging patients who are NDIS participants, but are having difficulties locating suitable housing.

This directory has been compiled as part of the Queensland Hospital Discharge and Housing project.

The information provided in this directory has been supplied by each provider.

The providers in this directory have been briefed about the aims of the Queensland Hospital Discharge and Housing project and are aware that they may be approached with referrals of NDIS participants (or their support coordinators) seeking help with identifying potential housing options.

The Queensland Hospital Discharge and Housing project is funded by the Queensland Government and will operate during 2020.

Queensland Government support for the Queensland Hospital Discharge and Housing Project does not constitute an endorsement of providers. The Queensland Government encourages housing for people with disability (both mainstream housing and specialist disability accommodation) to align with the Housing Principles for Inclusive Communities. An up-to-date list of all Registered NDIS Providers can be found here.

These videos for health services are part of the NDIS Capacity building framework training manual.

Embedding Practice Change: Health Services and the NDIS


Introduction to the NDIS (Webinars 1–4)


NDIS Foundations (Modules 1–3)


Streamlining Health & NDIS for Better Discharge Outcomes