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The Aged care/NDIS interface

How do people with MS over the age of 65 have their disability needs met?

People with MS with a disability aged under 65 right across Australia will be able to apply for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) package, once the NDIS is fully rolled out by 2019.  There are already people with MS receiving packages in the NDIS launch sites, and the vast majority are very happy with the services and support they are receiving.


September announcement regarding full scheme rollout

As we mentioned in our introduction, we’re keeping our eyes and ears peeled for news as to how the NDIS pilot schemes are going.  We were therefore pleased to read the latest quarterly report which included the following positive news:

  • Nearly 20,000 people are now in the Scheme at the various trial sites around Australia and it is  currently said to be within budget;
  • The average cost of an individual plan is coming in at...

More NDIS Mythbusting

This week we look at busting some NDIS myths…

I would be better off keeping my mobility allowance rather than losing it when I become a participant of the NDIS. 

Maybe. However your NDIS plan will include any reasonable and necessary transport related funded supports. Once you have a plan with the NDIS, your Mobility Allowance will be cancelled with Centrelink but you can keep your Health Care Card if you have...

Talking to people with MS about the NDIS

Nearly 400 people living with multiple sclerosis are recipients of an NDIS plan and have given us positive feedback in terms of the outcomes for themselves, their family and for the way they live life.

Over the last 2 years the focus of the NDIS has been very much on getting people with a disability into the scheme and getting plans in place with individualised personalised funded supports.

Our own NDIS project team has taken a...

Mythbuster – are participants in the NDIS means tested?

In the first of our ‘mythbusters’ we address the confusion some people have expressed around whether the NDIS is ‘means tested’. It’s an important question as it could affect whether or not someone receives any support at all.

The definition of ‘means tested’ is the determination of whether an individual or family is eligible for government assistance, based upon whether the individual or family possesses the 'means to do' without that...

Get yourself ready with the NDIS Checklist

It was a monumental week for people living with MS with the announcement of the full rollout of NDIS in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria. There are factsheets...

MS Australia cautiously optimistic about new PM

The MS community is watching the change in Australian Government leadership with great interest and cautious optimism.  We are optimistic about the fresh approach that any change in leadership can bring about, and our caution is that we are hoping for not just a change in style but a change in substance.

For example, we are keen to see a renewed commitment by the Government to rolling out the NDIS in full and on time.  This would quash...

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