Allied Health NDIS Plan Review Assessments and Reports – Why They Are So Important
What is a Plan Review?
The NDIS requires regular Plan Reviews. This means that all the supports that have been allocated to you in your NDIS Plan are reviewed for ongoing suitability and to ensure that the supports till meet your needs.
How often do Plan Reviews take Place?
Plan reviews generally take place every 12months just prior to the end of your approved plan dates. These are called “scheduled reviews”.
Other reviews can happen throughout the year though and are called “spontaneous reviews”. Spontaneous reviews usually happen if your plan has been found to have significant short falls in the supports that have been allocated to you and you are needing this situation urgently addressed.
What happens at a Plan Review?
A plan review involves meeting with a planner at NDIS and / or the LAC and discussing your NDIS plan. It involves reviewing the supports that have been allocated to you and delivered and monitoring how effective they have been. It also involves looking forward to the year ahead and making decisions about what supports and the level of supports that you need in your next plan.
How is a Plan likely to vary from year to year?
Sometimes NDIS Plans can look very similar year to year, however other times they can look completely different! If the level of funded supports has previously been right for you, then it is likely that a similar schedule of supports will continue. On other occasions, if further needs become apparent (such as a need for Assistive Technology or Home Modifications), or your functional abilities have changed, there may be a need for an increase in your Core, Capital and / or Capacity Building funding.
How can I get the best outcome at a Plan Review?
It’s important to be really prepared for NDIS Plan reviews. The more information that you take with you and have about what supports have assisted you over the previous year, the more likely it is that these supports will be continued.
It is also important to have ‘evidence’ for why you might need an increase or change in your funded supports. The NDIS also recommends that to support these requests, participants ask for NDIS Plan Review Assessments and Reports from your current support providers to take with you to the NDIS Plan Review meetings.
Why are Allied Health Review Assessments and Reports so important?
Allied Health Professionals are key to helping you improve your independence, safety and overall activity levels. Allied Health Professionals are also key in providing supporting documentation to the NDIS on your behalf. This can be in relation to request for Assistive Technology, Assistance Animals, Housing, Vehicle Modifications and Complex Home Modifications.
Having an Allied Health Review Assessment and Report that captures all your needs in these areas can make a big difference to having the right amount of funding included in your next NDIS Plan.
Who can help?
Smart Solutions Rehab Group (SSRG) offers comprehensive Review Assessments and Reports to support your request for Capacity Building – Improved Daily Living supports (this is where Allied Health Professionals supports) to be built into your next plan. These Review Assessment and Reports can be provided by your Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Speech Pathologist, Podiatrist, Dietitian and / or Social Worker.
Need to know more?
Call us today if you or your Participants require an end-of-plan Review Assessment and Report and our friendly team will assist and connect you with one of our qualified Allied Health Professionals. You can email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call us on 1300 729 190 and we will be happy to help!
Author: Regina Heffernan
More about the author…
Regina is an Occupational Therapist and the Owner / Director of Smart Solutions Rehab Group. Regina oversees all aspects of business operations including training, recruitment, marketing and business development.
Regina believes that quality is the most important element of all the work delivered by SSRG. Regina has worked extensively within the Government and Not-for-Profit sector over the past 20 years, with comprehensive training and special interest in the area of Complex Home Modifications.
Regina holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of QLD and an Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Family Therapy. Regina is a qualified WorkHab Assessor and also has Independent Home Modifications competencies.