At VMIAC we know that the NDIS can be difficult to navigate and understand. We have developed a range of information resources freely available on this page, that can assist you in navigating your NDIS journey.
The information on this page is developed by our team of lived experience advocates, specifically for people with psychosocial disability. We also have some information available for health professionals supporting you.
Need more info or support?
We may be able to help. Check out our NDIS Support, Appeals and Review Service.
TOPICS ON THIS PAGE
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ABOUT THE NDIS
Have you thought about applying for the NDIS? Wondered if the NDIS right for you? As the NDIS evolves and matures it is important to consider your options. Check out our podcast and videos.
In the very first episode of Scheme Dreams, Jess speaks with Neil, VMIAC’s NDIS manager about what the NDIS is, eligibility criteria for the NDIS and how the NDIS can help people with psychosocial disability (disability caused by a mental health condition). Jess also speaks with Fiona, a participant on the NDIS, about her experiences applying for and living on the NDIS. Download full transcript here. Each episode of Scheme Dreams will feature Jess speaking to a person with a professional perspective and a person with a lived experience perspective. Follow the Scheme Dreams journey to learn more about the NDIS and how it could help you.
Other video resources to help consumers understand the NDIS.
The NDIS and YOU: Part 1 – Introduction
The NDIS and You: Part 2 – Is the NDIS for me?
APPLYING FOR THE NDIS
Making an NDIS application can be daunting and complicated. But knowing what’s required to get you across the line, and into the NDIS, will make the whole process easier. Check out our podcasts and videos.
In the second episode of Scheme Dreams Jess speaks with Tania, who helps explain how to get the best evidence for your psychosocial disability. Jess also speaks with Catherine, a participant on the NDIS, about her experiences applying for and living on the NDIS.
Other video resources to help consumers apply for the NDIS.
The NDIS and You: Part 3 – Eligibility Criteria
The NDIS and You: Part 4 – The Access Request Form
WHAT ARE THE BARRIERS TO THE NDIS?
In the third episode of Scheme Dreams Jess speaks with Jeremy about making your NDIS application fighting fit. Jess also speaks with Mitch, an NDIS participant, about his experiences fighting the NDIS
What Supports Can I get on the NDIS?
In the fourth episode of Scheme Dreams Jess speaks with Nat, a support coordinator, about reasonable and necessary supports. Jess also speaks with Dylan, an NDIS participant, about his journey towards finding the right NDIS supports.
Preparing for planning
In the fifth episode of Scheme Dreams Jess speaks with Shellie, an NDIS Information and Support Worker, about how to best prepare for your planning meeting. Jess also speaks with Daryl, a recently accepted NDIS participant, about his goals and desired supports leading up to his planning meeting.
In the sixth episode of Scheme Dreams Jess speaks with Amy, a Specialist Support Coordinator, about how to best use support coordination to navigate the NDIS. Jess also speaks with Rachel, an NDIS participant, about her experience of support coordination and the NDIS in rural Victoria.
More of Jess’s podcasts and videos coming soon!
APPLICATION INFO FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
A short video for health professionals
Access to the NDIS for mental health consumers generally requires a level of supporting documentation. VMIAC has created a short video for medical practitioners and other mental health staff to assist them in their report writing.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme, or NDIS, is a new Federal funding initiative currently being rolled out across the country. It is a huge reform to how disability services will be delivered in Australia. In the words of the NDIA, people with disability are to have: “control and choice of reasonable and necessary supports to help them live an ordinary life.”
Flyer and detailed booklet for health professionals
We’ve developed these printed resources to help you support your patients to apply for the NDIS.
Psychosocial disability is still a new concept for many people, and the NDIS application process can be tricky—we hope this makes it easier.
YOUR NDIS PLAN
Your NDIS plan includes all the support you will receive. The following videos and resources can help guide you through the NDIS planning process.
NDIS ANNUAL PLAN REVIEWS
The NDIS and You: Part 5 – The Planning Meeting
Each year, until your support needs are well understood and established, NDIS Participants will have an Annual Plan Review. This is an opportunity to:
- Reassess and reflect on your current supports
- Think about what you need going forward
Being prepared for your Annual Plan Review is really important. Find out more below.
VMIAC Annual Plan Review Guide
A simple easy to read guide that demystifies
the Annual Plan Review process for consumers
APPEALS AND REVIEWS
Sometimes the NDIA will not understand you or your support needs. It’s important to know that you can challenge decisions made by the NDIA.
You can challenge decisions made by the NDIA. We can help.
The NDIS and You: Part 6 – How to Appeal a decision
VMIAC NDIS Appeals and Reviews Guide
A Starters Guide to appealing or asking for a review
of a NDIS Decision
We hope you found our information helpful. Remember, if you need to know more, contact our NDIS team.