Case Study 2 - The NDIS interface with the health service system
Jessica, spinal injury rehabilitation
Jessica is a 21 year old who acquires a spinal cord injury as a result of a sporting accident. Jessica is provided with acute care at a hospital where she receives support from spinal surgeons, rehabilitation physicians and other medical specialists.
After her surgery and acute care, she is able to walk with assistance but it is clear that she has sustained a permanent impairment in her legs and she moves into a hospital-based rehabilitation unit which aims to restore Jessica’s function as far as possible. The unit (funded by the health system) has a multidisciplinary team of spinal cord injury nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers and clinical psychologists.
With Jessica's agreement, the rehab unit contacts the NDIS so that Jessica can work out a plan of future supports she will need to enable her to return home to her family. This identifies that she will need some equipment to assist her to walk and minor modifications to the bathroom and the NDIS works with her family to get these in place before Jessica comes home. Her plan is also to return to uni but she now lacks the confidence she used to have. Her plan includes some short term coaching and the assistance of a Local Area Coordinator to talk to the uni about how they could change the layout of the classroom to enable easier access.
 Source: - This case study is sourced directly and replicated from the NDIA website, NDIS Features, accessed 31 March 2017.