This post explores how individuals with trauma PTSD may access the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme). The NDIS is a government-funded program for individuals with physical and psychosocial disabilities. The NDIS provides tailored support and funding to individuals with disabilities so that they can engage with services to assist with supporting their individual needs.
Services provided through the NDIS are at no charge to the participant.
One of the key areas of support provided by the NDIS is for individuals who have experienced trauma and are living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a mental health condition that can develop after a person experiences a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, accident, or a serious injury. It can also occur as a result of military service, sexual or physical assault, or other traumatic events.
The NDIS recognises the impact that PTSD can have on a person’s life and provides support for individuals who are living with the condition. The support provided by the NDIS for individuals with PTSD is tailored to each individual’s needs and may include a combination of the following:
- Psychological support and counselling: This support may include individual or group therapy
with a mental health professional, such as a psychologist, to help individuals work through
their traumatic experiences and manage their symptoms.
- Medications: The NDIS may provide funding for medications prescribed by a doctor to
manage symptoms of PTSD, such as anxiety or depression.
- Assistive technology: The NDIS may provide funding for assistive technology, such as a smart
home system or a personal alarm, to help individuals with PTSD feel more secure and in
control of their environment.
- Home modifications: The NDIS may provide funding for home modifications, such as
installing security cameras or upgrading locks, to help individuals feel safe and secure in
- Personal care and support: The NDIS may provide funding for personal care and support,
such as assistance with bathing, dressing, and eating, to help individuals with PTSD manage
their daily activities.
If you are living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the National Disability Insurance Scheme
(NDIS) may be able to provide you with the support you need to manage your condition. To access
the NDIS, you will need to meet the eligibility criteria and be approved as a participant in the
scheme. Here is a step-by-step guide to accessing psychological support through the NDIS:
What do I need to do to get funded?
- To express your interest in obtaining funding, call the NDIS on 1800 800 110. You will be
asked to answer some questions, or forms will be sent to you (if you prefer) to complete.
- Gather all supporting documents from your allied health professionals (this can include
psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and your doctor), explaining
your psychosocial or physical permanent and lifelong disability. You then need to submit this
- If you qualify for funding, the NDIS will contact you to arrange a meeting and explore your
support needs. This will determine the funding you will receive and for what services it can
- Once funding is confirmed, you will be able to use that funding to access services.
If your NDIS plan includes Improved Daily Living (which falls under the Capacity Building support
budget of your plan), you may be able to access an EMDR therapist as therapeutic support.
If you have an NDIS plan and would like to talk to us about how we can help, please visit my online
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