Therapy Focus is a registered service provider for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and WA NDIS.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing funding and supports to people with disabilities across Australia. It aims to give people more choice and control, allowing them to live more independently and work towards achieving their goals and aspirations.
In Western Australia two models of the NDIS have been trialled – one by the WA State Government (WA NDIS) and one by the Commonwealth Government (NDIS). In early 2017 the State and Commonwealth governments signed a bilateral agreement that will see the NDIS roll-out in WA under a nationally consistent, locally administered model.
Roll-out of the full scheme will commence from 1 July 2017.
During this transition period, people can continue to access both models in the following local government areas:
Our therapists have extensive experience delivering services under both models, and can support people with approved NDIS and WA NDIS plans regardless of where you live.
NDIS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Do I have a choice about whether to be part of the NDIS?
If you or your child is eligible for disability services in Western Australia then you must participate in the scheme to receive government funding for services. Existing services and supports will continue until eligible individuals start their NDIS plan as per the roll-out schedule.
There are tools available online to help you find out if you’re eligible:
WA NDIS – www.dsc.wa.gov.au/Am_I_Eligible/
What is involved in the transition?
If you are already receiving disability services, or are eligible to, you will be contacted by either a WA NDIS Local Coordinator or NDIS Planning and Support Coordinator (depending on where you live) to develop an individual plan. The WA NDIS/NDIS Coordinator will arrange a meeting with you and the key people in your life to set goals and identify what you would like to achieve in the short-term, and into the future. Your plan will outline the supports you might need to help you achieve these goals.
If you are already receiving services from Therapy Focus, a member of your therapy team will arrange to meet with you to ensure you’re prepared for this transition process. If you are not receiving Therapy Focus services, but would like to through the NDIS, please contact us for assistance
What will therapy services look like?
Individuals and families will have more choice and control over how their therapy services are delivered.
WA NDIS plans are developed with support from WA NDIS Local Coordinators, who will discuss what services you are currently accessing. You will be able to choose Therapy Focus to quote on services for your goal areas.
NDIS plans are developed with support from NDIS Planning and Support Officers, who will outline the funding you have for therapy services. You may then choose which therapy service provider you would like to access once the plan is finalised.
For more information about the therapy and support services Therapy Focus offers, visit our how we can help page. For more information about how our therapy teams deliver services, visit our how we work page.
What about equipment?
Equipment is funded under the NDIS and will be part of your plan. It is important to talk to your WA NDIS/NDIS Coordinator about equipment you already have and what you might need in the future.
If you are already receiving services from Therapy Focus, your therapy team can help you understand what equipment you might need and what support is required. For more information about how Therapy Focus can assist in terms of equipment, visit our Aids & Equipment page.
Will I be worse off?
The Commonwealth and State Governments have promised that no one will be worse off in changing to the NDIS. It is important to talk to your WA NDIS/NDIS Coordinator about what services you are currently accessing and how these services are helping you achieve your goals.
If you are already receiving services from Therapy Focus, your therapy team can help explain what services you are currently receiving from Therapy Focus, and how therapy and other supports can help you achieve your goals.