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NDIS, HIV and You

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 NDIS, HIV and You is a peer led project to develop awareness about the NDIS and its relevance to people living with HIV (PLHIV).

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme or the NDIS is a new Australia wide program that provides funding packages to people under 65 years of age who have a permanent impairment or condition that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities. This will include some people living with HIV.

The NDIS will be rolled out in stages across the country and has started in some areas in Sydney and NSW from July 2016. The scheme is aimed at people who need support to experience a good quality of life and live life their way. This includes funded supports across a range of different areas of life, particularly around everyday life activities, social participation, supporting independence, and the provision of supports such as mobility or technology aids if required. The NDIS does not fund supports that are the responsibility of other government areas, however the NDIS can fund supports to allow you to maintain your independence, or which enable your well-being, including some therapies such as physiotherapy.

For people living with HIV, support will be very different for each eligible person and some people will need more support than others. For the first time, people who need support to maintain their independence will remain in control of when and how their supports are delivered. Examples include ongoing supports for daily living and could be as simple as help with household tasks, technological or other mobility equipment or even workplace supports that mean someone can find or keep their employment.

Eligibility for the NDIS is based on the usual eligibility requirements related to residency and the functional impact of any condition you might have. For example, if you have diabetes you are not automatically eligible for an individually funded package, but if your diabetes has resulted in you having significant and permanent vision impairment you will be eligible. If you are eligible for the NDIS, you will develop your own individualised plan with an NDIS planner based on what you need to participate socially and maintain your independence in the community. This plan will include your goals and aspirations, not just your physical needs.

Positive Life is hosting peer led information groups for people living with HIV who may be interested in finding out more about the NDIS and what it may mean for you. We are doing this in partnership with People with Disability Australia (PWDA) who will be running an information session in late August or early September, followed up with a series of Peer Support Group meetings.

If you are interested and would like to know more about this initiative or to get on the notify list, you can call me at Positive Life on (02) 9206 2177 (Thursdays), on mobile 0491 460 699, email me at camerond@pwd.org.au or visit the Talking NDIS, HIV and you page under the ‘Living with HIV’ tab on the Positive Life website www.positivelife.org.au

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NDIS, HIV and you is a partnership between Positive Life and PWDA as part of the DSO Capacity Building Project funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to develop and enable peer groups of people interested in the potential of, and transition to the NDIS, and self-directed funding.

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