As life expectancy and population continues to increase in Victoria, so too does the number of people living with disabilities. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 18.4 per cent of the Victorian population is currently living with a disability.

A disability can occur at any time in life, and while some may be obvious, others are hidden.

Djerriwarrh Health Services has been a proud provider of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) nursing and allied health services to the Moorabool community since 2017, and since
October 1, it is also now an NDIS provider to the residents of Melton and Caroline Springs.

Djerriwarrh Health Services chief executive Belinda Scott says the organisation is eager to provide greater access to these life-changing disability services and support systems.

“We recognise the challenges faced by people with mental and physical disabilities in our communities, and the need for support services to improve their independence and outcomes in life,” Ms Scott says.

“While NDIS aims to provide assistance and access to a range of mainstream and community services, we know it can take time to adjust to a new scheme and understand what’s involved. Our dedicated team is here to help answer any questions and support residents through the process.”

Djerriwarrh Health Services is a registered NDIS provider of therapy supports and nursing services which are delivered by both its allied health and nursing teams. Services include occupational therapy, physiotherapy, exercise physiology, dietetics, speech pathology, podiatry, counselling and continence assessments.

The Health Service provides services across its various locations, but also has the flexibility to provide home-based support services such as occupational therapy home assessments.

In addition to securing access to health services, NDIS supports people with disabilities to build the skills and capabilities they need to participate in the community and employment by providing education services, aged care systems and public housing.

Checklist for NDIS eligibility. Are you?

•Under 65 years of age.

•A permanent Australian resident or an Australian citizen.

•Disability is likely to be life-long and substantially impacts how you manage everyday activities.

Those not eligible for funding may still be able to access disability and mainstream support available in the community and at Djerriwarrh Health Services.

Djerriwarrh Health Services, 29-35 Grant Street, Bacchus Marsh. Inquiries: 9747 7609 or visit djhs.org.au