Why good NDIS reporting is critical for success

Quality matters when it comes to NDIS reporting

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. The details of the report will vary according to your individual needs, but will broadly include a description of your particular goals and needs, as well as recommendations around which specific interventions would best help you achieve those goals and meet those needs.

When is NDIS reporting 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. For this reason, quality NDIS reporting forms an important part of accessing NDIS funding.

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 the appropriate supports and interventions recommended to achieve their goals. Working with a clinician who understands how to undertake thorough NDIS reporting helps to ensure the most suitable supports and interventions are documented in the important early stages of an NDIS plan.

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 the ‘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 also has the potential to determine what supports you will be able to acquire, and what kind of therapy program you 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.

Because we understand the life-changing potential of accessing NDIS funding, our clinicians take NDIS reporting very seriously. We utilise 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.