Why good NDIS reporting is critical for success

 

The quality of an NDIS report can determine whether or not NDIS funding is approved. Comprehensive reports that provide sufficient evidence for each claim, use the appropriate terminology, and demonstrate the necessary assessments have been undertaken by a qualified health practitioner increase the likelihood an application will be approved, and funding received.

What is an NDIS report?

An NDIS report is a document generally compiled by a qualified health professional such as a GP, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist or Speech Pathologist that contains the necessary information to support an NDIS claim.

When are NDIS reports needed?

When applying to access the NDIS

The NDIS has eligibility criteria that must be met before NDIS funding will be approved. Supporting reports from health professionals are required as part of the NDIS application process to provide evidence of disability, document impairments in function, and provide information on the necessity of supports required for daily living.

At NDIS plan commencement

An Allied Health Professional may be required to provide reports on comprehensive assessments or functional capacity assessments in order to assist participants in identifying appropriate supports and interventions recommended to achieve their goals.

At NDIS plan review

To assess the effectiveness of an NDIS plan in helping a participant to achieve their goals, periodic NDIS plan reviews are required.  An Allied Health Professional will provide a detailed review on the progress or effectiveness of the current plan and make recommendations about ongoing requirements for things such as supports, housing, environment, equipment, or therapy.

Where specialised supports are required

In order to obtain funding for specific Assistive Technology or Home Modifications an Allied Health practitioner will usually need to complete and submit a General Assistive Technology Assessment report to the NDIS, or write a letter of recommendation for approved funding to be utilised.

What makes a good NDIS report?

An NDIS report should:

  • Be easy to read
  • Be structured
  • Use clear, everyday language
  • Utilise NDIS terminology and language appropriately
  • Be detailed and thorough
  • Address specific NDIS guidelines, including reasonable and necessary criteria
  • Provide robust evidence and clinical reasoning
  • Provide specific, goal-related recommendations

Why good reporting  matters

An effective, comprehensive and responsive report can not only impact the outcome of an NDIS application, but determine what supports a participant will be able to acquire, and what kind of therapy program they will be able to access.

Working with a health professional that will listen to your needs, undertake a thorough assessment and produce an in-depth report in accordance with best report writing practices will increase the likelihood of achieving an optimal outcome.

Our clinicians take NDIS reporting very seriously, utilising well-developed and tested report templates that clearly address the purpose and need of each report, as well as implementing strict quality control measures to ensure best practice.

If you would like more information on NDIS reporting or need assistance with an NDIS assessment you can speak with one of our dedicated Service Coordinators on 1300 729 190 or email contact@ssrg.com.au.