NDIS: Is bi-polar disorder covered by the scheme?

Living with bipolar disorder can cause a range of physical and psychological challenges. The good news is that individuals living with this condition may be eligible for assistance under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Find out if bipolar disorder is covered by NDIS, along with the strategies available to get the help you need.

What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

The NDIS is a government-funded national platform designed to provide financial and critical disability support to those who have a permanent and substantial disability. The goal of the scheme is to foster independence, build capabilities, and increase opportunities for people with disabilities to lead an ordinary life. If your condition qualifies under the NDIS, you may be able to access a range of assistance including assistance with daily living activities, transport, home modifications, and more.

Who qualifies for NDIS? 

In order to qualify for NDIS assistance, you must have a permanent disability that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities. This includes physical, intellectual, cognitive, mental health and psychosocial disabilities. If you live with bipolar disorder, then it is possible to be eligible for assistance so long as the condition meets the criteria. You may be able to access specialist care and support services either through individualised funding or through registered providers.

Is bipolar disorder covered by the NDIS? 

Yes, it is possible to qualify for NDIS assistance if you live with bipolar disorder. The NDIS looks at a number of factors to determine eligibility including the type and severity of the condition, and how it affects everyday activities. If these criteria are met then you could be eligible for financial assistance. It is important to get in touch with a support worker who specialises in mental health to access the care and services that are right for you.

How to access support through the NDIS? 

To access support through the NDIS, you must first be assessed to determine your eligibility. Some of the information you will need to provide is evidence of an impairment that substantially reduces your ability to function in everyday life, a mental health care plan or doctor’s referral, and details of support services previously provided. Your NDIS-registered service provider and/or Support Coordinator can help you with this process. Once you are found eligible for NDIS supports, a funding package will be allocated to cover the costs associated with accessing supports related to your bipolar disorder.

What does positive mental health look like?

Positive mental health is a state of well-being in which individuals are able to cope with the stress and challenges of life, maintain healthy relationships, experience a sense of belonging and purpose, and enjoy life. People with positive mental health often feel satisfied with their lives, have higher self-esteem, engage in meaningful activities that bring them happiness or purpose and are able to balance work and leisure pursuits. This can all help them to effectively manage their bipolar disorder to lead healthier, happier lives.