From 1 July 2016, funding for prostheticÂ limbs and disability support in NSW changed for people underÂ 65 years to the National DisabilityÂ Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS providesÂ funding for people with disability, includingÂ amputees, to enable them to beÂ independent and participate in home, workÂ and recreation. This includes funding forÂ prosthetic limbs.
For those 65 years and older and not previously registered with the NDIS, EnableNSW assists people with a long-term disability or chronic health conditionÂ to live safely in their home. EnableNSW administers the Prosthetic Limb Service for NSWÂ Health and on behalf of the NSWÂ Department of Veteranâ€™s Affairs.
Since 1 July 2013, EnableNSW has beenÂ working with the NDIS in the Hunter trialÂ site to assist people to transition to theÂ new funding scheme. If you live in theÂ Local Government Areas of Newcastle,Â Lake Macquarie or Maitland and are underÂ 65,Â the NDIS is already available to you soÂ itâ€™s time to make the move.
If you havenâ€™tÂ yet applied to the NDIS, make sure thatÂ you make an Access Request as soon asÂ possible so that you can begin to transitionÂ and benefit from the new funding scheme.
You can find out when the NDIS will beÂ available in your area by visiting the NSWÂ Government websiteÂ http://ndis.nsw.gov.au/Â and entering yourÂ postcode.
EnableNSW will be progressively writingÂ to all people who currently access theÂ Prosthetic Limb Service (PLS) and areÂ eligible to transition to the NDIS to assistÂ with transition to the new scheme.
If you are interested in learning moreÂ about what the NDIS can offer you, pleaseÂ visit the NDIS websiteÂ http://www.ndis.gov.au/.
If you are already 65 years or over you willÂ continue to receive funding supportÂ through the PLS, administered byÂ EnableNSW.You will be able to continueÂ to attend your usual clinic andÂ prostheticÂ service provider.
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