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Support Coordination: What is it and how can it help me?

Navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can be overwhelming, but there is support available. One avenue of support is through a Support Coordinator. But what exactly is Support Coordination and how can it help you?

Support Coordination is a service funded by the NDIS for participants who require more assistance to implement their NDIS plan. A Support Coordinator is someone who can work with you to understand your individual needs and goals, then help you find and access the supports and services identified in your plan.

One of the primary roles of a Support Coordinator is to help you develop a plan that reflects your individual needs and goals. They will work with you to identify the supports and services required to achieve these goals, as well as any barriers that may need to be addressed. Once this plan is developed, the Support Coordinator will assist you in accessing the necessary supports and services.

A Support Coordinator can also liaise with service providers on your behalf, enabling them to better understand your needs and how to best meet them. They can coordinate services and supports, monitor progress towards your goals, and provide advice on available services and funding options. Overall, a Support Coordinator’s goal is to help you navigate the NDIS system and ensure you receive the best possible support.

However, it’s important to note that there are limits to the amount of hours or services that a Support Coordinator can provide to each participant. NDIS use what is ‘reasonable and necessary’ to determine the level of Support Coordination funding a participant receives. If your needs change and you need more support because of this, you can request additional funding from the NDIS.

Support Coordination is a valuable service funded by the NDIS that can help you develop and implement a plan that meets your individual needs and goals. Whether you require assistance in accessing services or coordinating supports, a Support Coordinator can help you navigate the NDIS system, providing the support you need to achieve your goals.