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September 2021

Choosing a support coordinator

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We have created a guide to help you choose a support coordinator. We have included ideas for important things you might want to know about your support coordinator, and questions you might want to ask them.


UpSkill podcast

July 2021

UpSkill – Best Practice podcast series

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This podcast series features conversations with support coordinators who share their experiences of supporting people with disability and working alongside other sectors such as health, aged care and housing.
 
It also includes conversations with people with lived experience of disability who share how their support coordinators focused on them as individuals and supported them to achieve new goals relating to exploring housing options and moving to their own homes.


March 2021

SDA eligibility criteria

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Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a costly support that will be provided to only a small number of NDIS participants, so the rules the NDIS uses to determine a participant’s eligibility are rigorously applied. To be considered for SDA, a participant must provide evidence to support EVERY criteria along one of the pathways in this flowchart.

For the exact wording of each rule, refer to the Summer Foundation’s How to write a housing plan resource.


March 2021

UpSkill NDIS and housing resources

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A series of resources that the Summer Foundation has prepared about accessing housing; they are designed for people with disability, their families and supporters, support coordinators and allied health professionals.


October 2020

Guide to developing a participant’s housing statement

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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.


October 2020

How to write a housing plan

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How to write a Housing Plan – Guide and the Housing Plan Template have been created to help support coordinators write housing plans for NDIS participants who want to test their eligibility for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) funding. The purpose of a housing plan is to provide the NDIA with evidence that the person you’re working for requires SDA to reach their goals, maximise their independence, and social and economic participation. Download Housing Plan Template

The guide provides information on what to include to achieve the best possible outcome for the person you’re working for.


September 2020

My housing preferences

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This tool helps you think about where you want to live, who you would like to live with and the type of housing that you would like to live in. You can use this tool to tell your housing story and work out your housing goals. You can cut and paste the information from this tool into housing application forms.


September 2020

Living more independently

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‘Living more independently’ means living in a house (townhouse/duplex/apartment/other) where you get to decide what you do and how you live, and you only get as much support as you need.
 
This guide explains how to plan for and move from residential aged care (RAC), a group home or your parents’ home into appropriate mainstream housing or Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).


September 2020

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Fundamentals

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This short video about Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and the accompanying flyers can be used by support coordinators to explain what SDA is to the people they are working with.


August 2020

SDA Rules 2020 – What are the changes?

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The SDA Rules 2020, released in June, increase a person’s choice and control about where they want to live and who they want to live with. The key changes are outlined in this resource.


July 2020

UpSkill Fundamentals resources

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The UpSkill team have produced the following videos to capture the fundamentals of what you need to know when you are a support coordinator or private allied health professional. If you are attending any online or face-to-face UpSkill training, you should watch the UpSkill Fundamentals videos beforehand.


July 2020

UpSkill x Ablelink resources

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Ablelink, an independent provider of support coordination, has produced the following 3 videos and a podcast to assist people working as a support coordinator and those interested in setting up a support coordination business.


June 2020

Chris’s story – everything’s changed

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Chris shares his journey from hospital to his new home and the value of having good support around you.


Centre for culture, ethnicity and health

May 2020

UpSkill x CEH resources

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The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) has produced these 3 videos and a podcast to help those working with NDIS participants from culturally diverse backgrounds.


August 2019

NDIS housing pathway

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On this resource we detail one pathway to mainstream housing. If you have searched for mainstream housing and discovered you can’t access it because of your disability, you can test your eligibility for SDA on the second page.


July 2019

Allied health housing assessments guide

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The aim of this guide is to assist support coordinators and allied health professionals collaborate on Housing Plans for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants. Housing Plans rely on appropriately framed allied health assessments and reports to support the participant pursue their goals and aspirations.


July 2019

Support Coordinators – who are they and how can they support me

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A support coordinator is someone paid by the NDIS to help you understand and implement your plan. They can help you with a range of of different things as outlined in this resource.


July 2019

SDA payments guide

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This guide explains what Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) payments are, who they are paid to and how they are accessed. For people who have SDA payments included in their NDIS Plan, it explains how to make the most of this funding.


July 2019

Looking for somewhere to live

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This guide explains how you can access and make the most of NDIS funding to look for housing. It explains the capacity building funding available to NDIS participants who need support to search for suitable housing. It also includes information on choosing your support coordinator and how to make the most of the funding.

Note that this guide replaces ‘Exploring Your Housing Options’.


February 2019

Summary of Changes to SDA Framework

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On 8 February 2019, the government announced ‘immediate reforms’ to Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) to improve choice and control for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants and boost market confidence. The changes arise from an Australian Government review in 2018 of the SDA Pricing and Payments Framework.

 

This summary provides background to the changes, what has changed now, and future changes to be brought in.


December 2018

What is a support coordinator?

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Linda Rossow, Independent Support Coordinator, explains her role as a support coordinator and what this means for the participants she works with.


December 2018

Support coordination: Exploring housing options

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Linda Rossow, Independent Support Coordinator, talks about the process she works through with participants who want to find somewhere different to live.


August 2018

Chris’s experience with the health system

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Chris was in hospital and rehab for 3 months. Chris’ explanation of that time was “I felt like a ping pong ball between the hospital and my care coordinator”.


July 2018

Mainstream housing options

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Most people with disability will not get Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in their NDIS plan, but still want to choose where they live and who they live with. This guide is for you. It explains the different types of mainstream housing (any housing that is not SDA) and will help you look for housing that suits you.


Sample NDIS Plans

June 2018

Sample NDIS plans

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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.

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 so you can keep a record of your planning meeting. Download a Word document version of the Sample NDIS Plans


June 2018

Matthew’s story

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Life can change in an instant. Matthew talks about his journey back into a new life in the community.


June 2018

Deborah’s NDIS story

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It’s been a bumpy road, but the NDIS is making a world of difference for Deborah.


December 2017

Using SDA to buy your own property

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For people receiving SDA payments, home ownership may also be an option. The NDIS participant, or their family, can buy a property and use their SDA payments to cover the mortgage.

This resource outlines the steps and requirements involved in using SDA payments to purchase your own property.


November 2017

Support Coordination – A changing landscape

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Support Coordination plays a critical role in ensuring that NDIS participants are able to live a good life, especially those participants who are vulnerable and socially isolated. The result of an extensive review of literature and practice, this report provides practitioners with an overview of how the support coordination function is designed within the NDIS


November 2016

Vicki Wilkinson: Pathway into a Nursing Home

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If Vicki had more health support at crucial times following her injury her four year stay in a nursing home could have been avoided.