If you haven’t heard, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a healthcare program initiated by the Australian government for Australians with a disability that is needs driven and tailored to individuals, giving them choice and control.
The NDIS policy of looking at the whole person is providing significant and improved outcomes, as individualised solutions are being provided. These solutions are based on the participant’s goals and lifestyle needs rather than the basic standardised mobility solutions that have previously been available to participants on the state government scheme. With these tailored solutions, participants have successfully returned to work, or had their lives made easier at work, thereby extending their working life.
The NDIS is being progressively rolled out across Australia. It is for people who are under 65 years old and have a permanent disability, such as limb amputation/deficiency. E.g. An individual born with a congenital limb absence or has had an amputation due to an illness or injury, that is not covered by a transport or WorkCover statutory body.
APC Prosthetics (Hunter) has been part of the NDIS trial site in the Hunter Region for the last 2 years. We have worked with over 30 participants and the feedback about the outcomes of the new system has been overwhelmingly positive.