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New NDIS Legislation – Resources for NDIS participants and the disability sector

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

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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

It can be hard to explain to your support worker how you want to be supported. Making a video for your support workers can be a good way of helping them to understand anything you want them to know.

You can make a video about what your worker should know about you, how your support worker can support you to do something, or how your support worker should act with you.

If you haven’t made a video before, you might not know how to start. This page contains links to everything you will need to help you make your video.

Start by watching the ‘How To’ video above and reading the Workbook by clicking on the link below. If you need someone else to help you make your video, there is a Guide written especially for disability professionals.

There are 5 resources to help a person make their training video. Some of these are for the person themselves and some are for other people or organisations making the :

Making a Training Video for your Support Worker – Workbook

This workbook is for you, your family and friends and shows you the steps to make your training video.
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Your Video Plan

Your Video Plan is a form designed to be used with this workbook. It brings all your ideas and planning together. We think you can’t make a video without it!
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Helping People Make a Training Video – Guide

This guide is for people who are going to support someone to make their own training video. These people are support coordinators, therapists, case managers or anyone helping you to make your video.
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Supporting the Person’s Thinking and Communication

This document gives great ideas for how people can support you to think about your video and to communicate as best you can.
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Sample Training Videos

People have told us it’s sometimes hard to imagine what these types of training videos actually look like. It’s really great to see one before you start. You can see sample training videos below:

James’ support worker training video: WATCH VIDEO

Richard’s support worker training video: WATCH VIDEO

Michael’s support worker training video: WATCH VIDEO

Kirby’s support worker training video: WATCH VIDEO

Terry’s support worker training video: WATCH VIDEO


Business Report

The Business Report is for organisations or professionals who want to work out how much it will cost to make these participant led videos (PLV).

Evaluation Report

An evaluation of the Participant led video (PLV) project was conducted by La Trobe University to gain an understanding of the experience and to measure satisfaction from the perspective of all those involved. The findings also help inform further development of the project to underpin its application more broadly.


The development of these resources is supported by a grant offered under the Innovative Workforce Fund, administered by National Disability Services (NDS) with funding from the Australian Government Department of Social Services. The opinions or analysis expressed in the content are those of the author[s] and do not necessarily represent the views of the Department, the Minister for Social Services or NDS, and cannot be taken in any way as expressions of government policy.

For people with disabilities who have complex health and support needs, the experience of being in hospital and the transition out of hospital can be particularly challenging. The risks for the person and their family are high. Getting the support they need, when they need it, requires know-how and collaboration from everyone around them. In particular, they need two large systems – the health system and the NDIS – to be working effectively together.

Health Practitioners are crucial in this, and they need resources that are specific to working with this group of patients.

With funding from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, the Summer Foundation has developed tailored resources for health practitioners. These resources cover the entire hospital journey for people with disabilities, from admission to discharge back into the community:

Getting the Language Right

How to write effective support documentation for people with disabilities and complex health and support needs seeking access to the NDIS.

NDIS and Health: Working together

A guide for health practitioners and NDIS staff supporting people in their journey from hospital admission, to discharge and safe and supported transition back into community life.

Getting ready for NDIS planning

A toolkit for people with disabilities whose health status calls for specific recognition and tailored support, and who need this to be visible and documented in their NDIS Plans. This toolkit assists them to identify, explore and be ready to include their specific health issues and health risks in their NDIS Plans.

The toolkit is made up of distinct parts. You can download each part below:

About this toolkit

1. Disability and health supports and how the NDIS defines them

2. My details and preferences

3. What would a great life be for me?

4. About my health – being prepared for NDIS planning

5. If circumstances change

6. About my health – being prepared for hospital admission

7. Sources (and further information)

The Summer Foundation has developed sample NDIS plans to share with people aged under 65 years living in, or at risk of entering, residential aged care (RAC) and their families, supporters, guardians or nominees.

This guide includes five sample plans for people in differing circumstances with examples of how the NDIS can support participants to exercise choice and control to lead an ordinary life:

Sample NDIS Plans

Sample NDIS Plan A: Working towards leaving RAC to live in the community with appropriate supports from the NDIS

Sample NDIS Plan B: Supporting a younger person to move out of RAC into specialist disability accommodation (SDA)

Sample NDIS Plan Plan C (Year 1): Supporting a younger person with disability and complex support needs to live in SDA in the community

Sample NDIS Plan D (Year 2): This plan shows the following year of supports for a younger person with disability and complex support needs to get an idea of what supports and funding a person might need living in SDA in the community

Sample NDIS Plan E: Living a more fulfilled life in RAC

It can be overwhelming to think about all the services and supports someone may need in a day, week, month or in 12 month’s time. It can also be difficult to understand how much NDIS funding you need to achieve your goals.

These sample plans are to give you a place to start. We have also included a pre-planning tool to help you to develop your own plan and a planning template so you can keep a record of your planning meeting.

Download a Word document version of the Sample NDIS Plans below:

Download a PDF version of the Sample NDIS Plans below:

Resources for connecting people to the NDIS and finding a suitable place to live

The Summer Foundation has worked closely with hospital discharge staff, people with disability and families to understand the issues around accessing comprehensive disability support.

This toolkit provides targeted information for hospital discharge staff, and staff in acute and rehabilitation hospital settings, relating to the discharge of people aged under 65 years who have acquired a disability.

The toolkit includes the following features:

  • Resources for team members working with younger people with disability and complex support needs
  • Resources to pass on to people with disability and their families, to inform decision making, improve discharge outcomes and facilitate greater access to the community
  • Resources in a range of formats, including checklists, fact sheets, templates, hints and tips, video stories and quick links
  • Separate sections that reflect the different stages of a resident’s connection to the NDIS and beyond

Disability Sector and NDIS Overview

For patients

What is the NDIS and is it for me?

What are advocates and how can they help me? 

Guardians and administrators: What can they do and who decides if I need one?

Moving in to residential aged care? Here’s how the NDIS can support you

How do I choose someone to support me to make NDIS decisions?

Superannuation: How do I know if I can access it early?

What is a Power of Attorney and how can they support me?

Insurance 

For staff

Getting the language right: A guide to writing reports, letters, forms and assessments for the NDIS

NDIS at a glance: Useful links and resources

Further reading on NDIS

Hospital discharge – Context

Hospital discharge – Working together 

ACAT: The value of working collaboratively

Kirsty’s story

Hospital discharge – Lessons for health services

Michael’s hospital discharge experience 

ACAT: Exploring options for a younger person with disability

Discharge planning – from hospital to home

NDIS Access

For patients

How to fill out the NDIS Access Request Form

Case study: Financial considerations for people with acquired disability

Financial considerations of moving in to residential aged care

How to get the best out of NDIS – Access stage

For staff

NDIS access: Useful links and resources 

The NDIS: A new landscape for people who acquire a disability

Hospital discharge – Making sense of a new world

Hospital discharge – Looking to the future 

Danny’s story – with his brother Michael 

Goal Setting and Planning

For patients

What can I get in an NDIS plan?

What do I take to my NDIS planning meeting?

Support coordinators: Who are they and how can they support me?

For staff

Hospital discharge – Where will I live 

Hospital discharge – NDIS Planning

Individual people need individual responses

Holding out hope

Chris’ experiences with the health system

Achieving goals – from hospital to home

I’m a person before a disability – Karen’s story

An NDIS journey 

NDIS Plan Implementation

For patients

Plan management 

For staff

NDIS implementation: Useful links and resources

NDIS planning: Useful links and resources 

Hospital discharge – Implementing the plan

Matthew’s story

Life after discharge – from hospital to home 

Making the most of this toolkit:

  • The NDIS is currently evolving, and so is the broader disability services landscape. As such, the information in this toolkit is likely to change. For the latest resources, check back on this website, or sign up to our mailing list to make sure you receive the most up-to-date information as soon as it’s available.
  • The term ‘participant’ is used by the NDIS to refer to an individual who is currently registered to access the NDIS. In the residential aged care setting, these individuals are commonly described as ‘residents’. Where the resources in this toolkit refer to a ‘participant’, they refer to a resident of your facility who is already registered with the NDIS, or is likely to be eligible to access the NDIS.
  • The ‘hints and tips’ provided in the resources are based on our own experiences of working with people with disability who have high and complex support needs. There is no effective one-size-fits-all approach to supporting people with disability. All advice should be considered in context of the individual, their goals, and their financial and social circumstances.