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Psychosocial disability and the NDIS

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has great potential to improve the lives of people with psychosocial disability associated with mental illness.

What is psychosocial disability?

Psychosocial disability is the term used to describe disabilities that may arise from mental health issues. Whilst not everyone who has a mental health issue will experience psychosocial disability, those that do can experience severe effects and social disadvantage.People with a significant disability that is likely to be permanent may qualify for NDIS support.

Psychosocial disability relates to the ‘social consequences of disability’ – the effects on someone’s ability to participate fully in life as result of mental ill-health. Those affected are prevented from engaging in opportunities such as education, training, cultural activities, and achieving their goals and aspirations. Not everyone with a mental illness will have a level of impairment that will result in a psychosocial disability.

It’s also important to remember that there is a strong focus on a recovery orientation in mental health, as different levels of mental ill-health are variable and not permanent.

CCNB’s support for people with psychosocial disability

CCNB is a registered NDIS provider of Support Coordination for people with psychosocial disability. We help them get the most out of their NDIS funding by providing coordination of supports. More about our Support Coordination service here.

Kinds of support that the NDIS offers for people with psychosocial disability, their family and carers

The types of supports that the NDIS may fund include:

  • personal care to support an individual in their home or the community
  • supports to assist people with psychosocial disability to enjoy social and community interaction without relying solely on you
  • supports that maintain a carer’s health and wellbeing will be considered. This support may include participation in a support group or a special interest network. In deciding whether to fund or provide a support, the NDIA will take into account of what is reasonable to expect families, carers, informal networks and the community to provide.
  • assistance with tasks of daily living including to help improve a participant’s ability to do things
  • training related to the caring role that may enhance your ability to provide support.

More information about the types of supports for people with mental illness can be found on the NDIS website: Fact Sheet: Supports the NDIS will fund in relation to mental health services

The NDIS Fact Sheet can be viewed here:

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