Support Coordination

NDIS Support Coordination Melbourne

If you are looking for NDIS support coordination in Melbourne, this guide will give you information on what it is, how it works, how it can help you, and where you can get it.

What is support coordination?

Support coordination helps NDIS participants and carers access support available through NDIS. This includes information on how to set up an NDIS plan and how to manage their goals, budget and providers.  

If you are looking for NDIS support coordination in Melbourne, this guide will give you information on what it is, how it works, how it can help you, and where you can get it.

What does Support Coordination offer?

In addition to assisting with your NDIS plan, coordination may help you in a variety of other aspects of your life. It can provide access to information and referrals, education and training services, as well as budgeting and management advice for the various service providers.

Specialist support coordination is not required or wanted by everyone. It's typically used by people with complex needs or in a crisis scenario.

As well as providing advice for NDIS participants, support coordination helps people access the different support available through NDIS.

How does it work?

You can make an appointment with our support coordinators or talk to your local NDIA office staff, who will put you in touch with someone who can help.

Support coordinators can also be accessed through other organisations and services in your, such as community legal centres, mental health organisations and state Government services.

How can a Support Coordinator help me?

A support coordinator can provide information and referrals on a range of issues, including:

  • Accessing available supports under NDIS;
  • Referrals to other organisations for more specialist help;
  • Information about your rights and responsibilities as an NDIS participant;
  • Assisting with the NDIS planning process, to ensure it matches their goals and budget;
  • Negotiating service agreements with your service provider;
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Example of Support Coordination for NDIS Plan

For example: let's say you need a new appliance for your kitchen, and want to know what is available through the NDIS funding. You can contact your local NDIA office to book an appointment with a support coordinator. Together, you discuss what equipment you need, the cost and how this fits into your NDIS plan and budget. You can then talk about all of your options – both new and second-hand – available through NDIS. If applicable, they can then help you take the next step to purchasing the item and having it installed.

How do I choose an NDIS support coordinator?

Before you make an appointment with your local NDIS office or any other organisation, it's important to ask yourself some questions first.

Who can I trust to help me?

The greatest support coordinators understand what each NDIS participant wants and needs, which allows them to build a strategy and support environment that works for them. This might be someone who connects with you on an emotional level or someone with expertise working with persons with disabilities.

How can they help me?

Consider your objectives for your NDIS plan and the equipment you'll need to accomplish them. What does this look like? Being as specific as possible, describe what you want your support worker to be able to do, such as:

  • Cook your favourite meal;
  • Go to work or school each day;
  • Be included and interact with your family and community.

The more detail you can give when agreeing to your goals, the closer a fit your support worker can be to YOUR particular needs.

How much time do we need?

Support coordinators at National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) specialist support offices can spend one-hour assisting participants to discuss their requirements and develop a strategy. Some clients find that they only require this much time once, while others may require further help on a regular basis. If required, you may always schedule more than one meeting with an NDIS support coordinator

It is important to be proactive in seeking help from  Melbourne NDIS Specialist Support Coordinators. They can help you make sense of the wide range of choices available through your NDIS plan and give you a chance to get some additional information on how these benefits work alongside other services offered through mental health organisations or community legal centres.

It is best to be well-prepared for the meeting, with a clear idea about your own goals, and who or what you might need to achieve them.

Millenium Disability Care is a trusted NDIS support coordinator throughout the Melbourne area. If you'd like help with your NDIS plan and its options, contact us here today.