What does the NDIS mean for people with hearing loss?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolling out across the country by 2020, here’s what it means for Australian Hearing clients.

What is the NDIS?

The NDIS is the National Disability Insurance Scheme, implemented by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). NDIA is an independent statutory agency. Its role is to provide individualised support to eligible people with disabilities, as well as their families and carers.

The NDIS started in 2013 with the aim of administering a major reform of disability services in Australia.

It’s being introduced in stages to ensure a smooth transition for people with disabilities as well as support providers.

How does the NDIS affect Australian Hearing clients?

In terms of eligibility, it doesn’t.

Australian Hearing is an approved provider under the NDIS and if you’re a current Australian Hearing client, you will continue to receive the same level of hearing services regardless of whether you register for the NDIS or not.

Australian Hearing will continue to be the sole provider for clients who access services via the Community Service Obligation (CSO) Program until at least the end of June 2020.

For information about the NDIS and other government services hearing supports, please visit the NDIS website here.

If you’re a health professional, how does the NDIS affect you?

If you have patients/clients on NDIS, they can access free Australian Hearing services and products via the scheme. This could be anything from full hearing assessments to hearing aids and devices designed to make hearing easier. Get in touch with us to find out more.

The above information on the NDIS has been sourced from the NDIA website www.ndis.gov.au and the Office of Hearing Services Department of Health website www.hearingservices.gov.au. It is intended to provide general information on the NDIS.