NDIS and psychology
The NDIS provides funding for psychology services for many participants, not only those who are diagnosed with mental health issues
Many people who are living with disability access psychology services to help them to improve their social skills, to manage their behaviour, to learn how to build and enrich their relationships, and to learn a variety of coping mechanisms.
Psychology services are very broad and are not just used by those people who are affected by mental illness.
The NDIS provides funding and support for persons diagnosed with psychosocial disabilities.
For conditions other than those considered to be psychosocial, psychology services may be accessed in order help improve daily living skills. As an example, a person diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder may have psychology services included in their plan to help them to develop social skills, or behavioural management techniques.
Psychology services are funded by the NDIS if your NDIS plan includes the support category “Improved Daily Living Skills”, which is covered under the Capacity Building section of an NDIS plan.
You must have this in order to receive psychology services, and psychology services must also be aligned with your goals set out in your plan.
Psychologists registered with the NDIS are considered to be “approved” providers. If you manage your NDIS plan yourself, you don’t need to access your psychology services through an approved provider and can choose any psychologist you wish.
However, if your Plan is NDIS-managed, you will need to access psychology services through a registered NDIS provider.
Prior to accessing the NDIS, it may be necessary for you to see a psychologist for diagnosis.
It isn’t always necessary to have a formal psychological diagnosis, but it can certainly help if you are trying to get NDIS funding for psychological or mental health reasons.
What is a psychologist?
A psychologist is a professionally trained expert in the science of how people think, feel, behave and learn.
Prior to practicing, psychologists in Australia must undergo a minimum of six years of study at university, as well as supervised experience, and must be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia.