The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) is rolling out around Australia, and with it brings changes to the way people with a disability access services. The vision is great; fostering inclusion and breaking down the barriers which stigmitise disability in our country.
Although these changes may seem overwhelming at first; they will inevitably bring positive change to individuals, families and the wider community.
People with a disability will have more choice and control about how they live their life. And which services they engage to best help them reach their own goals.
Over time, with increased access, participation and contribution, the barriers faced by people with a disability will decrease. Enabling greater understanding and acceptance from the wider community.
Hand Therapists offer a unique set of skills to those who suffer from a hand or upper limb disability.
They are Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapist who specialise in rehabilitation from injury, condition or disease to the hand & upper limb (finger tips to shoulder). Hand Therapists understand the complex anatomy of the upper limb, and how disease and disability can result in impairment and dysfunction. And have specilaist skills in helping to improve position, coordination, strength and maximise function in the hands and arms. To find the closest Accredited Hand Therapist to you search the web site www.ahta.com.au.
Some Hand Therapists are registered with the NDIS to provide services to all NDIS participants, including Agency Managed Participants.
At Adelaide Hills HAND THERAPY we are currently a fully registered NDIS provider.
As the scheme is rolling out, and Certification is required for health professionals, it is anticipated that many Hand Therapists will opt to not be registered with the NDIS. This is due to the complex and expensive process involved to Certify for ongoing registration. These therapists will continue to be able to work with Plan Managed, Self Managed and combination managed participants, but not those managed by the NDIS.
Services that Hand Therapists will offer to NDIS participants will vary depending upon the individual provider, at Adelaide & Hills HAND THERAPY some of the services that we offer participants include;
At Adelaide & Hills HAND THERAPY we are excited about the possibilities that the NDIS will bring for participants, their families and the community in general. And we look forward to being involved in this positive change. Contact us if you'd like to discuss how we can help you reach your goals! 08 8339 HAND, 08 8339 4263.
Author Jo Marsh
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