What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?
The NDIS is a new way for children and their families to access services and to link into their communities.
It puts the goals of your child and family at the centre of the supports. The NDIS provides you with choice and control over who delivers the service you need.
The NDIS has commenced in several regions and States and will continue to roll out across Australia until 2019. It will roll out in the bestchance ECI catchment in November 2017. Some families on the ECI Intake wait list are transitioning currently.
How will it affect bestchance Early Childhood Intervention?
Bestchance is now a registered NDIS provider. The NDIS will be rolled out in the Inner Eastern and Outer Eastern areas in November 2017. All current Early Childhood Intervention Clients will be eligible for NDIS services and then reviewed in 12 months. bestchance clients will be supported by the new scheme.
Families will start to be contacted after November 1st. In this region is Link Health which is the region’s ECI – NDIA partner. Link Health will contact you and check your eligibility for the first contact and then arrange a Planning Meeting appointment. It is recommended you ask for a person to person meeting and to have a support person with them to develop your child’s NDIS Plan. Your Key Worker may attend these meetings with you if you wish. Please check with your planner first.
What is the Purpose of the Planning meeting?
The Planning meeting is to develop a plan for their child based on their goals and what is considered reasonable and necessary. (see website and guidelines) .This plan will then be submitted to the NDIA for approval.
What happens after approval?
Link Health will arrange a follow-up meeting to provide options for the family.
Once approval is provided the family can take the plan to an approved provider who will then develop a service agreement with the family based on their identified goals.
Is bestchance an approved service provider?
Yes, bestchance is an approved service provider.
Can Families continue with bestchance?
We welcome families to continue to work with us – we will arrange an interview to develop the Service Agreement based on the Goals identified in the NDIS Plan and after this process is conducted we can deliver our services.
Will there be an information evening at best chance?
bestchance is holding an information evening on Tuesday 24th October.
What happens if I do not have a NDIS plan in place?
You will be able to continue to access services through bestchance but please, notify your current Key worker as soon as you have been contacted by Link Health (NDIA partner in this area)
As the NDIS becomes operational in this region bestchance Early Childhood Intervention Services will support families and carers by working with the families to develop a bestchance Service Plan to support the goals identified in their NDIS Plan. The team will coordinate all of the services needed, including referrals to other providers, supporting the transition to childcare, kindergarten and school, and liaising with the specific NDIS contact in case other needs arise.
bestchance ECI will provide:
- Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychology and Educational services.
- In your home, at child care, at kindergarten or at bestchance.
- Individual or group sessions.
- Parent Education
- Parent Support
- Assigning a Keyworker to your family.
- Coordinating the services your family needs, including assistance to access other providers if required.
- Supporting your family with the transition to childcare, kindergarten and school.
- Liaising with your NDIS contact should other needs arise (e.g. providing written evidence if Support Coordination is needed).
- Identifying activities that build on your child’s strengths and interests such as playgroups, toy libraries and recreational activities.
- Helping you to build the activities and strategies that will support your child’s progress into the family’s routine.
- Supporting your child in their natural environments (e.g. home, childcare, kindergarten and other community areas), to promote your child’s participation and
Family skills & support
- Assisting your family to adapt to the emotional and practical challenges involved with raising your child or assist your family to access emotional and practical support for the family.
- Providing support and education for you as a parent or carer.
- Ensuring the equipment required to increase participation is identified in the NDIS plan as reasonable and necessary, and the NDIS process for supply of this equipment is followed
Who can I contact if I want to find out more?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme
Early Childhood Intervention Australia (VIC):
The Inclusion Hub:
Children and Young People with Disability Australia:
Association for Children with a Disability: