NDIS

NDIS

National Disability Insurance Scheme

We were lucky enough to be one of the first (and now most experienced) Service Providers working with clients within the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Our home within the Barwon Region was the only trial site in Victoria. We encourage NDIS participants that are registered to undertake some research prior to meeting with the NDIS so they are aware of what is available and can be discussed in their planning meetings. You can find out more directly from the NDIS site right here. WHR Allied Health employs Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Therapy Assistants who will be able to assist in supporting you to achieve your NDIS plan goals.

Our Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists maintain Allied Health Practitioner Regulation Agency accreditation and are required to meet strict registration standards each year.

We are currently registered to provide the following NDIS Supports:

Therapeutic Supports

Therapeutic supports are provided to assist participants aged from 7 years to apply their functional skills to improve participation and independence in daily, practical activities in areas such as language and communication, personal care, mobility and movement, interpersonal interactions and community living. WHR Allied Health are able to assist with your Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy Therapeutic Supports. We also employ a number of Therapy Assistants to assist with implementing home and community based interventions as recommended by our Occupational Therapists & Physiotherapists.

Whilst WHR Allied Health therapists work with a range of clients, our team has broad experience working with youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

We have developed a social script that can be shared with your family to understand what Occupational Therapists can do and how this process might take place. It is available here.

Please note that our Therapy Assistants are only able to provide supports to clients under the direction of our own Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists. This is related to our indemnity/liability insurance. 

Home Modification Design and Construction

This registration group incorporates design and subsequent changes to the participant’s home. Home modification design and construction includes installation of equipment or changes to building structures, fixture or fittings to enable participants to live as independently as possible or to live safely at home. WHR Allied Health Occupational Therapists can readily make recommendations on basic home modifications with an understanding of the client’s functional needs, a sound understanding of the relevant Australian Standards and a working knowledge of the Reasonable and Necessary guidelines (section 34) of the NDIS Act. Due to the number of home modifications that we have assisted with, we also have a good understanding of what can be achieved with existing home environments.

Clients will need to understand that we will typically seek to modify an environment via the introduction of temporary or removable low cost equipment prior to pursuing structural modifications. We have experience working with privately owned, rented and Department of Human Services Housing and understand the limitations/complexities that can exist with the latter.

Assistive Technology and Equipment

Whilst WHR Allied Health is registered to provide this support, our involvement is much more likely at a prescription level. Your Therapist will have a comprehensive understanding of the range of equipment that may be available to trial and will facilitate the application process for NDIS funding where appropriate. We are members of the Australian Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Association ensuring that we’re kept abreast of the most advanced equipment available. We’re also not just looking for the best equipment – we want to provide our client’s with the best prices. With no commitment to any equipment providers, if we don’t think the quote is right, we’ll help you to source the items elsewhere. Aside from maintaining excellent relationships with local suppliers who can readily trial and sell standard disability/medical supplies we will regularly seek out new and exciting gadgets that have an evidence base of being assistive/helpful. We support tech and design starts ups via places like Indiegogo & Kickstarter  – we where early investors in Antsy Labs Fidget Cubes (Which are now copied all over the place) Quick Shoe Laces and our Octopus Watches! – in an effort to continue to access creative options for our clients and add to our own expanding pool of equipment available for trial for our clients!

In addition to enabling participants to be independent or participate more fully in daily activities, assistive technology may:

    • Reduce the need for assistance, or
    • Make assistance safe and sustainable, or
    • Prevent or slow the development of further impairment.

Assistive technology ranges in complexity, cost and risk, from simple mass-produced consumer products like non-slip mats available through discount stores through to custom engineered and built pieces of equipment such as powered wheelchairs. The amount of assistance a participant needs to make an assistive technology selection varies according to the complexity of the equipment and the participant’s level of knowledge, need and experience. Some clients may have funding within their plan to purchase assistive technology or equipment without the need for Therapist prescription (Level 1 funding). Whilst Therapist prescription is recommended for level 2 and required for levels 3 & 4, we are more than willing to assist with your level 1 equipment needs.

For more information in relation to this have a look at our Resources page NDIS Assistive Technology Complexity Level Classification.

Clients will need to understand that we will typically seek to modify an environment via the introduction of temporary or removable low cost equipment prior to pursuing structural modifications. We have experience working with privately owned, rented and Department of Human Services Housing and understand the limitations/complexities that can exist with the latter.

Costs of Services

All NDIS services are charged at the rates outlined in the 2018-19 Price Guide VIC NSW QLD TAS (updated each financial year).

WHR Allied Health work with clients who have their funds managed by the NDIS as well as clients who self manage, or have a Financial Intermediary. Our internal billing process sees invoices generated on a fortnightly basis (weeks run from Monday to the Sunday 2 weeks later). Invoices provided to clients who are self managing or who have Financial Intermediary’s include the specific dates of service and a brief summary of services provided on that date. Invoices are also provided in the preferred format upon direction/liaison with the client or their financial intermediary.

All supports that are being provided to/for the individual will be invoiced against their plan. Supports that are provided to clients that will be invoiced against their plan can include:

  • Assessment (Standardised/non standardised) and associated completion of reports  –  Initial assessment reports, progress reports, standardised assessment reports such as Sensory Profile.
  • Development of resources for the individual.
  • Contact with families, support coordinators, other treaters, schools, State Wide Equipment Program (SWEP), suppliers. This includes all forms of communication – phone, email, fax, case conferences.
  • Provision of interventions.
  • Development/modification of Therapy Assistant programs for individuals
  • Reviewing client reports (provided by other treaters).

Contact with our administration team, simple referral intake, contact with financial intermediaries, development of non client specific/customised resources do not attract charges.

The majority of supports provided by WHR Allied Health therapists will be provided in a client’s home, or within their local community. The Service Agreement between WHR Allied Health and participant notes that travel costs are to be claimed. Travel is charged to cover costs of getting to and from community based clients and recognises that we are unable to be providing supports to other clients at this time. We endeavour to minimise these costs (noting that we’d much prefer to be seeing clients than sitting in the car) and will group OT’s with clients in the same geographical area as best we can. In these instances, travel is shared evenly amongst clients.

As per the Service Agreement created with each client at the commencement of services, you will not be charged for cancelled services. In the event that two or more bookings are cancelled without 24 hours notice, we may at our discretion cancel the service agreement and cease provision of services.

In addition to enabling participants to be independent or participate more fully in daily activities, assistive technology may:

    • Reduce the need for assistance, or
    • Make assistance safe and sustainable, or
    • Prevent or slow the development of further impairment.

Assistive technology ranges in complexity, cost and risk, from simple mass-produced consumer products like non-slip mats available through discount stores through to custom engineered and built pieces of equipment such as powered wheelchairs. The amount of assistance a participant needs to make an assistive technology selection varies according to the complexity of the equipment and the participant’s level of knowledge, need and experience. Some clients may have funding within their plan to purchase assistive technology or equipment without the need for Therapist prescription (Level 1 funding). Whilst Therapist prescription is recommended for level 2 and required for levels 3 & 4, we are more than willing to assist with your level 1 equipment needs.

For more information in relation to this have a look at our Resources page NDIS Assistive Technology Complexity Level Classification

Clients will need to understand that we will typically seek to modify an environment via the introduction of temporary or removable low cost equipment prior to pursuing structural modifications. We have experience working with privately owned, rented and Department of Human Services Housing and understand the limitations/complexities that can exist with the latter.

 

How the Therapists will Assist You

Occupational Therapists are allied health/health science practitioners who have an advanced understanding of the social, environmental, biological and cultural constructs that make up people’s lives. OT’s work with people across all demographics and may be specialists in one particular area (through experience) or may be generalist OT’s providing intervention to a mix of clients. The goal of occupational therapy is to work with clients to increase, resume or develop independence in whatever tasks they are interested in achieving. Client centredness is at the core of the Occupational Therapy Philosophy and as a result assessments can be quite involved with the OT ensuring that they understand exactly what the client’s wishes are. WHR Allied Health has developed an individualised domestic training program for young men – The Independent Young Man which we deliver to clients across the region. We assess the current level of experience with various domestic tasks and then develop and provide training around increasing levels of independence. Check it out here.  The Independent Young Man Program fits in perfectly with the services that your OT can be providing within your NDIS plan. All of our OT support services are provided in the client’s home or community environment. Our Occupational Therapists are highly experienced in the prescription of assistive technology.

Physiotherapists have long been acknowledged as important providers of services for people with a disability. Physiotherapists will have completed a Degree or Masters in Physiotherapy.  An appropriate level of physiotherapy can promote social inclusion through optimising a person’s function and encouraging participation in the economic and social life of the community. Physiotherapists can help people of all ages and with different conditions. They are able to be utilised to assist you to increase your levels of community participation and be more independent. We have a number of generalist Physiotherapists who provide services to our clients over the age of 15. Services can be provided in the clients home (travel charges may apply) or by arrangement at our associate clinic – Dynamic Motion Dynamic Motion Physio located at 142 Barrabool Rd, Highton Map here. As well as providing home based exercise programs, our physiotherapists can assist with the prescription of Assistive Technology.

WHR Allied Health direct a significant portion of funds into professional development for all our staff and have a standing commitment to support our wider community via programs such as Spare Meals Geelong.

http://ndisrights.org.au/ provides you with fact sheets about your legal rights when accessing the scheme. You can review your rights when working with the providers (like Work Health Rehab) from the provider fact sheet located here.

Please note that some of the information above has been extracted from details provided by the NDIS (www.ndis.gov.au) and that which is contained in the applicable Act (National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013- C2013C00388)

Clients will need to understand that we will typically seek to modify an environment via the introduction of temporary or removable low cost equipment prior to pursuing structural modifications. We have experience working with privately owned, rented and Department of Human Services Housing and understand the limitations/complexities that can exist with the latter.

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