NDIS Support Coordination: A guide for participants
What is NDIS Support Coordination?
NDIS Support Coordination is basically coordination of providers to fit your needs under your NDIS plan. For example if you have a specific disability such as autism – a support coordinator can assess whether you may need a psychologist and get you in contact with a psychologist who is experienced in managing autism.
What qualifications does a NDIS support coordinator need?
This will depend on the level of support you are after. However, most support coordinators will need formal qualifications in an allied health field – this can include occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work and so on.
What should you look out for when choosing a support coordinator?
It is important to choose a support coordinator who really understands your disability. It is a good idea to do some research on the disability yourself, and use good judgement but this is an important point to mention as choosing an inexperienced support coordinator can mean choosing possibly inappropriate services for your disability which can ultimately cause further issues. For example if you are someone with PTSD and a support coordinator has created a plan for you to see a psychologist with little experience in PTSD that could potentially lead to further issues.
Support coordination is generally quite flexible and you will have control over the plan so if you are quite independent and want to change any providers – that can definitely be done!
It is also important to have a support coordinator who has experience in your field of disability and has proven success. Whether it’s having many great reviews or years of experience – this is important in reducing any risk especially if you have a severe disability. Some relevant questions to ask may be
- have you had experience with this disability?
- why have you chosen these providers?
- how long have you been providing support coordination?
It is understandable to be a bit nervous about support coordination and it can take some time to do proper research, but this is important to reduce the risk of any issues if you have a more severe disability.
List of support coordinators experienced with
Mental Health issues