National Disability Insurance Scheme

What is the NDIS?

The National Disability insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a world-first system of disability support for eligible Australians living with a permanent and significant disability. The NDIS provides reasonable and necessary supports to people living with a disability to help them live a more independent and ordinary life.

NDIS stands for:

National: The NDIS is being introduced progressively across all states and territories.

Disability: The NDIS provides support to eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability. Early intervention supports can also be provided for eligible people with disability or children with developmental delay.

Insurance: The NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind if they, their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability, they will get the support they need.

Scheme: The NDIS is designed to help people get the support they need so their skills and independence improve over time.

NDIS key words

Permanent and significant disability: A permanent disability means your disability is likely to be lifelong. A significant disability has a substantial impact on your ability to complete everyday activities, such as self-care (e.g. showering) and getting around.

Supports and services: Assistance or products that help a person in their daily life and help them participate in the community and reach their goals. For example, an Occupational Therapist can help someone to develop skills for personal care.

Early intervention: Providing support to a person, either a child or an adult, as early as possible to reduce the impacts of disability or developmental delay and to build their skills and independence.

Participant: a person who is eligible for NDIS support with an active NDIS plan.

Bullinahs NDIS services

In June 2020, Bullinah AHS became a registered NDIS provider to deliver the following supports:

  • Early Childhood Early Intervention
  • Therapeutic Supports
  • Exercise Physiology and Personal Training

This means Bullinah is now providing NDIS Allied Health supports to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people living within the Ballina Shire. This includes support delivery for ATSI children and adults with an active NDIS plan; including those who are Agency, Plan or Self-managed participants.

Bullinah’s current NDIS Allied Health team includes:

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Child and family Psychologist
  • Dietitian

You can read more about our Allied Health team by clicking here (to come).

How to access Bullinah’s NDIS Allied Health supports

Bullinah delivers NDIS supports to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living within the Ballina Shire.

To make an enquiry about Bullinah’s NDIS supports please complete Bullinah’s NDIS intake form. This form can be obtained and completed at Bullinah AHS or downloaded below and returned to Bullinah’s NDIS Access Coordinator (contact details below).

Bullinah provides support to help you Access the NDIS

Registered clients at Bullinah are able to seek assistance in accessing the NDIS. This can involve supporting you to understand the NDIS application process, referral pathways, as well as Allied Health and Specialist assessments, reports and support letters. Please contact Bullinah’s NDIS Access Coordinator if you require further information.

Find out if you are eligible for the NDIS

Click here to find out if you may be eligible for the NDIS

Applying for the NDIS

Click here to find out how to apply for the NDIS or call 1800 800 110

Get help applying for children

If you have a child aged 0-6 with developmental delay or disability, an ECEI partner (e.g. Northcott Lismore) will be your main contact point for the NDIS and can help you understand and access the most appropriate supports for your child.

Ballina Shire ECEI Partner Contact Details

Northcott Lismore
Address: 8a/21 Conway St, Lismore NSW 2480
Phone: 1800 818 286

Click here to make an enquiry

Get help for those aged 7 – 64 years

If you are aged 7 and above, a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) service (e.g. Social Futures Ballina), will help in linking you to the NDIS, as well as to mainstream and community supports in your area. If you are eligible for an NDIS plan, your LAC will have a conversation with you to learn about your current situation, supports, and goals to help develop your NDIS plan.

Ballina Shire LAC Partner Contact Details

Social Futures
Address: 29 River St, Ballina NSW 2478
Phone: 1800 522 679

For more information about Bullinah’s NDIS services contact:

Nicole Dein – NDIS Coordinator
Mobile: 0448 555 201
Phone: 02 6681 5644

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