Kalinda Wellbeing Centre is registered to provide Specialist Behavioural Support, including improved relationships and Therapy. Our clinicians are registered through Kalinda Wellbeing Centre to provide supports that reflect the values and standards of the NDIS.
KWC registered NDIS providers are:
Fiona Mawson (behavioural support, improved relationships, therapy for adolescents and adults).
Maria Thompson (behavioural support, improved relationships, therapy for children, adolescents and adults).
Victor Quek (behavioural support, improved relationships, therapy for adolescents and adults).
Erin McClellan (behavioural support, improved relationships, therapy for adolescents and adults).
What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is also called the NDIS.
The NDIS is a new way for people with disability to get the care and supports they need to live a better life.
The NDIS recognises that everyone is different and gives people with disability choice and flexibility.
This means you can choose who provides that support. For example, you may not be happy with the service provider you use. The NDIS will make it easier for you to change service providers and make sure you are getting the support you need.
If you are happy with the support you are getting, there is no reason to change. The NDIS will not take that help away.
If you are not eligible for the NDIS you will not be disadvantaged. People who already receive support will continue to receive support.
What support can I get from the NDIS?
The life of each person with a disability is different, so the support will be different for everybody.
The NDIS will fund reasonable and necessary supports. ‘Reasonable’ support is one that is fair and represents good value for money. ‘Necessary’ support is one which you must have to live your life independently.
The NDIS pays for different supports for different people depending on their goals. Two people with similar impairments may have very different NDIS plans because their personal goals may not be the same. Examples of the supports the NDIS will pay for include:
- Support workers
- Aids and equipment
- Workplace help
- Home or vehicle modification
What should you do next?
If you already receive disability support or services from a service provider you can have a yarn with them about the NDIS and what it all means. They can also explain what other types of disability support are available and who can provide the support you may be looking for. There may be other people in your community who may want to learn about the NDIS as well.
Check out in your community for local NDIS workshops, forums or information sessions being held. If you can’t attend, remember to call and ask for information to be sent out to you. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will work out if you can use the NDIS.
You can phone the NDIA and have a talk with them on 1800 800 110 or you can get more information on the national NDIS website: www.ndis.gov.au. There is also a checklist on the NDIS website to help you find out if you are able to apply for the NDIS: www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-access-checklist.html
Who is eligible for the NDIS?
To be eligible for the NDIS you need to be:
- Under 65 years of age
- An Australian citizen
- Live in a launch site or be in a launch age group
- Have a permanent impairment and
- Can’t join in activities or do things without assistive technology, equipment or home modifications or
- Usually require help from others to join in or do things.
If you are not eligible for the NDIS, you will continue to receive your existing funding.
How do you find out if you are eligible?
The NDIS website’s Access Checker will give you an indication of eligibility. If you are eligible and currently receive disability services through the Department of Social Services, or are on the Disability Support Register (DSR), your details will be sent to the NDIA when they are ready for your transition. You will be contacted three to six months before the transition.
Keep up to date by going to information sessions run by the NDIA, disability agencies, etc. There will be a lot of support through your local NDIA branch office when your area is due to transition.
If you are not currently receiving any disability services, you can contact the NDIS at any time to apply.
How to receive NDIS services at Kalinda Wellbeing Centre.
Please contact our NDIS Client Liaison Officer Rhonda Ballinger on 5962 6490. She will guide you through our intake and orientation and help you to choose the right clinician for your needs.