New Toolkit for General Practitioners Understanding your role in the NDIS: GP Toolkit
QDN was pleased to be contracted by Brisbane North Primary Healthcare Network to develop a toolkit for General Practitioners (GPs) to assist them in supporting people to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The toolkit contains a range of information for GPs, Allied Health professionals and practice staff with tips to assist in completing access request documentation for patients. This toolkit will assist GPs and Allied Health professionals in the critical role they play in assisting eligible participants to provide evidence of their disability and the functional impacts on their day to day life.
In Queensland, access to the NDIS is a key issue as 50% of people with disability (approximately 45,000) to come into the scheme in this state will be ‘new’ participants – people currently without funded disability service and supports. As such, GPs and Allied Health professionals play a key role in smoothing the access pathway for people needing NDIS funded supports to participate socially and economically in their community.
The toolkit provides practical information including:
- what the forms are and how to complete them,
- examples of functional impact on disability,
- conditions that do not require evidence under the current NDIS guidelines, and
- where they can refer people so they can find out more information about the NDIS or where to get help.
You can find the GP Toolkit here: http://www.brisbanenorthphn.org.au/page/health-professionals/ndis/
Accessing the NDIS – people with disability without funded disability support and who think they are eligible for the NDIS can contact the NDIA on 1800 800 110 and ask for an Access Request Form. Once you have received this, part of the form will need to be completed by your GP or Allied Health professional. This may take some time, so it is a good idea to ask for an extended appointment when you make the appointment.
QDN members and supporters may also want to send this link to your GP/Allied Health professional before your appointment so he/she has a good understanding about the form you are bringing to your appointment.
The toolkit is available for download here.