NDIS for primary care providers

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The NDIS, like Medicare, is a public insurance system. Larter has been delivering NDIS-related services since 2016, and our work builds on our years of experience helping primary care organisations and providers to understand and work within the Medicare system.

Working with local partners, we have been developing an ongoing understanding of the disability insurance scheme, the role of Local Area Coordinators (LACs) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) providers, the development of markets to provide NDIS-funded services, and the practical needs of health and community providers for information and assistance.

Our recent NDIS experience has included:

  • Assisting two primary health provider organisations to prepare to deliver NDIS services
  • Facilitating two NDIS forums for Early Childhood Intervention Australia – Victoria/Tasmania
  • Writing multiple funding applications to the NDIA for a prospective LAC and ECEI provider
  • Planning and delivering training events for primary health providers (such as general practice, psychology, pharmacy and allied health providers) on the scheme and patient access

Supporting general practice to work with the NDIS

Larter is currently working with PHNs, the NDIA and LAC/ECEI providers to build general practice understanding of the NDIS and their capacity to help patients with NDIS access requests. Our training incorporates:

General NDIS overview

This includes the pillars of the insurance scheme; what constitutes ‘disability’, and eligibility for NDIS; and understanding what the NDIS funds and what it doesn’t.

The role of general practice in supporting patients

This includes GP role in supporting patient NDIS access requests (and understanding the evidence that may support access requests); ongoing care coordination with allied health and community care providers; recognising the importance of ‘functional impairment’; and ensuring the practice environment is ‘disability friendly’.

Working with specific patient groups

This includes a brief overview of specific cohorts: 0-6 (ECEI), young people living in residential care, adults (LAC), and those with special needs (for example, CALD, Aboriginal, LGBTIQA+).

Our education

Larter has been developing and delivering education modules for general practice and the broader primary health care sector since 2008. Our experience comes from 19 years of working in the health, community services and government sectors. We have a deep understanding of the culture of general practice, what is important to busy GPs, practice management and the multidisciplinary nature of practices.

Larter collaborate with your team and based on an assessment of your needs, we can tailor or create the content of education modules. We can also provide various formats including face-to-face, webinars and online learning modules to suit your learning requirements.

Please contact or call us on 1800 LARTER (1800 527 837) to discuss your education needs.