The RACP has developed th​ese NDIS Guides for Physicians and Paediatricians to support RACP Members to understand the implications of contemporary disability sector reforms and in particular the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across Australia.

The RACP NDIS Guides for Physicians and Paediatricians have been developed with feedback from an RACP Member based Working Group to ensure the Guides meet the needs of RACP Members.

Why is it important for physicians to understand th​e NDIS?

The NDIS is a new way of providing disability services across Australia to people with significant and permanent disability that substantially impacts their day to day functional abilities. Many people living with disability who will be eligible for the scheme will for the first time receive disability services and supports designed to improve their quality of life. The full implementation of the NDIS will occur over a three year transition between July 2016 and June 2019. During this period approximately 460,000 Australians with significant and permanent disability will become eligible to receive supports and services in relation to their disability.

The implementation of the NDIS across Australia will change the disability interface with existing sectors including health, housing, education, criminal justice and others and with the wider community. This NDIS Guide seeks to support RACP Members to understand how the NDIS will affect their patients; what roles physicians can take up to support their patients to ensure their support needs are met by the new scheme; and what existing and new disability / health interfaces need to be built to ensure the needs of people with disability are met by the multiple social systems.

What are the Learning Objectives of the NDIS Guide?

The learning objectives of the NDIS Guide for Physicians are to:

  1. Achieve a broad understanding of current disability reforms with a particular focus on the NDIS and relationship to the international context and obligations;
  2. Articulate the specific Australian policy forces and drivers for improving health outcomes for people with a disability, and the role of the NDIS in addressing and improving health and quality of life outcomes;
  3. Have a clear understanding of how people with disability become participants of the NDIS and get their support needs met under the scheme;
  4. Articulate the changing roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders, including specialists, within the disability service system in relation to services and supports that improve the health outcomes for people with disability;
  5. Understand what issues are presenting in the context of NDIS implementation that might impact the practice of physicians, paediatricians and other health professionals; and
  6. Understand where to source further information and specialist advice from service providers and the NDIA.

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations 


Administrative Appeals Tribunal


Alternative Dispute Resolution


Comprehensive Health Assessment Program


Community Inclusion and Capacity Development


The Council of Australian Governments




Early Childhood Early Intervention


External Merits Review – Support Component


International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health

IGA for the NDIS launch

Intergovernmental Agreement for the NDIS Launch


Information, Linkages and Capacity Building


Local Area Co-ordinator


National Disability Advocacy Program


National Disability Insurance Agency


National Disability Insurance Scheme


National Injury Insurance Scheme


Royal Australasian College of Physicians


Specialist Disability Accommodation


United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Vocational Education and Training


World Health Organisation


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