30/07/2019 by MS Queensland

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Agreement reached for NDIS to fund health supports

MS Queensland is very pleased that the state and federal governments have reached an agreement on funding responsibilities relating to the NDIS which will benefit the disability community immensely. The agreement has resulted in a range of new health-related supports being funded under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Participants will be able to access these supports in their NDIS Plan for 1 October 2019.

The NDIS will now fund health-related supports if they are a regular part of the participant’s life and a result of their disability. Some of the examples include:

Dysphagia Supports

  • Development of oral eating and drinking care plans.
  • Swallowing therapy associated with dysphagia provided by an allied health professional.

Diabetic Management Supports

  • Development of diabetic management plan
  • Daily maintenance and care associated with diabetic management plan (where a participant is unable to self-manage due to their disability)

Continence Supports

  • Catheter changes
  • Cleaning of catheters
  • Consumables
  • Assessments, plans and reviews

Wound Pressure Care Supports

  • Wound care consumables (e.g. dressings)
  • Lymphoedema machines
  • Lymphoedema garments

Respiratory Supports

  • Tracheostomy changes
  • Tracheostomy clinical management
  • Tracheostomy equipment and consumables
  • Constant Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine and consumables
  • Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) machine and consumables
  • Air humidifier
  • Portable suction machine
  • Cough assist machine
  • Ventilator

Nutrition Supports

  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) and HEN equipment (or similar) and consumables, excluding Food Formula
  • Thickeners and nutritional supplements
  • PEG stoma changes
  • Dietetic consultations
  • Development of nutritional meal plans
  • Development of meal time management plans

Podiatry and Foot Care Supports

  • Podiatry diagnosis and assessment and development of podiatry care plan

Epilepsy Supports

  • Epilepsy seizure monitoring
  • Epilepsy monitoring through assistive technology


This list is not an exhaustive list of all the health-related supports that will now be funded under the NDIS and instead the agreement that has been reached says that if a support relates to a person’s disability, is a regular part of their daily life and meets the other reasonable and necessary criteria then it should be funded by the NDIS.

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