By Pollyemma Antees
APD and Credentialled Diabetes Educator
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) final roll out
will be completed by the end of this month.
That means every Australian with a disability will now be able
to apply for NDIS funding. NDIS coordinates individualised support
for people with permanent and significant disability, and their
families and carers.
To be eligible for NDIS support and funding, clients need
- Be aged between 0 and 65
- Live in Australia and have Australian residency as an
Australian Citizen or have a Permanent or Special Category
- Require or use special equipment because of a permanent and
- Require some support now to reduce future needs
There are many people living with diabetes who also have a
This could be because of hearing loss, vision impairment,
amputation, or permanent limitations.
Studies have shown that people with a disability are two to
three times more likely to develop diabetes.
This increased risk can be caused by multiple factors such as
limited mobility, increased appetite, limited food preparation
skills, depression and anti-psychotic medication.
NDIS will fund support for a disability, but not the condition
of diabetes. However, if the disability limits your client's
ability to manage their diabetes, then the NDIS may fund support
for living with diabetes as well.
When a client is developing the plan that is part of the NDIS
application, it is important that they list their life goals and
Here are a few examples:
- Increase ability to live independently
- Increase movement and improve health and wellbeing
- Be more confident to attend social outings
- Participate in the workforce and manage a budget
- Improve quality of life now and management of the condition to
reduce problems in the future
If your client already has a plan with government funding, they
should have the same level of service or a higher level when they
change to the NDIS.
It is also important for your client to be organised. For
example, they need to:
- Schedule an extra-long appointment with their GP so they can
sit down and complete the assessment process together
- Provide the GP with a list of goals and the resources they
require. This will help them understand your client's needs and
match support to what is needed
- Collect letters of support from their Allied Health team on how
the assisted technologies and services will help them achieve their
goals, offering value for money
- Collect quotes on cost of services and technologies. Some
NDIS line items require quotes.
- Connect with their Local Area Coordinator to develop a
Resources to support your client's
- Assisted Technologies
- Use a General Assistive Technology Assessment Template,
available on the NDIS website
- Vision impairment - a blood glucose meter with talking
- CareSens N Voice by Pharmaco - requires ability to prick
finger. Free via your Credentialled Diabetes Educator
- Freeestyle Libre with Freestyle Link app on a mobile requires a
smartphone to convert text to speech
- Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) device is also available
via NDSS if you have a concession card, type 1 diabetes and meet
the requirements. Both Dexcom and Medtronic have smart phone
apps which have text to voice options and alarms when Blood Glucose
Levels (BGLs) are out of target range.
- If unable to inject insulin or unable to read a pen, a nurse
could be funded to dial insulin and inject. Paid carers are
able to inject insulin if provided with a high level of training
and there is a quality assurance system in place. The NDIS code is
15_036_0114_1_3 and comes under Improved Daily
- If unable to monitor BGLs due to limited limb mobility, the
NDIS may provide access to a Freestyle Libre flash glucose monitor.
The reader can be attached to a wall so that BGLs can be monitored
- Support of a dietitian to help with nutritional education to
improve nutritional intake and quality of life. The NDIS item
is 12_025_0128_3_3 and comes under Improved Health
- A Credentialled Diabetes Educator is funded by the states'
Health Departments as treatment for diabetes, so this service is
unable to be funded through the Federal Government's NDIS. This
service can be funded under staff training in relation to insulin
delivery and blood glucose monitoring. There are private CDEs who
provide this service.
- Clients can organise to have prepared meals delivered to their
door if they have difficulty preparing meals due to disability. The
NDIS line item is 01_022_0120_1_1 and comes under
Core Supports, assistance with daily life activities
- Diabetes Queensland is able to visit organisations to provide
diabetes education to carers and staff for a small fee. Call our
Helpline on 1800 177 055 for more
If your client's plan is rejected or they are not satisfied with
the outcome, they can request an internal review in the first three
If they are still not satisfied with the outcome they can have
their plan reviewed by the Australian Appeals Tribunal.