MSWA clearing up confusion around NDIS

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ONE of WA’s leading service providers has moved to clear up some possible misunderstandings about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

MSWA, an approved service provider for the scheme, offers supports and services for people living with all neurological conditions including multiple sclerosis, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, acquired brain injury and motor neurone disease, to name a few.

MSWA chief executive officer Marcus Stafford said the NDIS was a government funded program which enabled people with a disability to remain active in their community and participate more fully in everyday life.

“It can provide funding to assist with a wide range of supports including home help, personal care, shopping, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, counselling, speech therapy, mobility aids and home and vehicle modifications,” he said.

Eligibility criteria include being under 65-years-old, a resident of Australia and having a permanent disability – either neurological, intellectual, cognitive, physical or a psychiatric condition.

“The NDIS team assesses the functional impact of the disability on the person’s life and their daily living,” Mr Stafford said.

“Funding is then based on the participant’s needs and what is reasonable and necessary to assist them to participate in everyday life.”

The NDIS is available to those living in the Perth hills, lower South-West, Cockburn, Kwinana, Armadale, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Murray, the City of Bayswater and the Towns of Bassendean, Chittering, Toodyay, Northam and York.

It is also expanding to Mandurah and Rockingham in July.

“The benefit of the NDIS is that the client has full choice and control over what services and supports they want and which registered organisation they want to provide those services to them,” Mr Stafford said.

“Another important difference is that once deemed eligible, the entitlement remains.

“You don’t need to keep applying for funding and it will increase if your needs change.

“Incidentally, the funding plan is reviewed and renewed every 12 months to ensure it meets your needs.

“In addition, the NDIS is not means tested and doesn’t require any co-payment – meaning if you are eligible you can continue working part or full time and you won’t be penalised.”

MSWA has a dedicated NDIS team to answer any questions, assess your eligibility and guide you through the application process.

The organisation can then provide a range of NDIS-funded services and supports for people living with a neurological condition.

For information, call MSWA’s client relationship coordinator Christine Richards on 9365 4867 or contact her via email at christine.richards@mswa.org.au.

MSWA is offering you a unique opportunity to win a $100 shopping voucher.

All you need to do is answer the following three questions about the NDIS:

  • What do the initials NDIS stand for?
  • Name 3 neurological conditions that MSWA supports.
  • What is the age limit for entry to the NDIS?

Email your answers to nigel.carey@mswa.org.au now and mark it “Local Newspaper Quiz” – but be quick – the first three correct responses we receive will win the voucher.