National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers.  Visit www.ndis.gov.au for more information about the NDIS.
 
GPs and other health professionals have an important role in helping the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to determine whether a person meets the access requirements for the NDIS. 
 
Brisbane North PHN is supporting GPs to prepare for the NDIS by hosting readiness events and providing information and resources about the supporting patients to access the Scheme.

NDIS readiness information evenings for GPs


What information do I need to provide? 

You may be asked by your patients to provide evidence of disability, including information on what the disability is, how long it will last and its impact on their life. 

More specifically, you may be asked to: 

  • complete the ‘supporting evidence’ section (section F) of the NDIS Access Request Form 
  • document that your patient has or is likely to have a permanent disability 
  • provide copies of reports or assessments relevant to the diagnosis or condition that outline the extent of the functional impact of the disability. 

What supporting evidence is required for NDIS access requests? 

This section of the NDIS Access Request Form asks health professionals to provide information about the person’s: 

  • mobility 
  • communication 
  • social interaction 
  • learning 
  • self-care 
  • self-management. 

When completing the supporting evidence section of the NDIS Access Request Form: 

  • focus on the disability that has the greatest impact on your patient’s life, as well as any other disabilities that affect them 
  • summarise the effect of disability on your patient’s day to day function—without support 
  • summarise or attach existing medical reports to help describe the diagnosis or condition and the impact of the disability on your patient’s function 
  • include information regarding treatments completed or planned, permanency of the impairment and the impacts the impairment has on your patient’s functional capacity 
  • provide as much information as possible to avoid delays to access due to further requests for information 
  • if your patient has a current service provider or disability support provider, ask your patient or their carer, whether these providers are better placed to provide information to support their access request. 

Resources for health professionals

Visit the Factsheets and publications page of the NDIS website for full details of available resources for health professionals and patients.