What is the NDIS?

NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme, known as the NDIS is a new national Government initiative for people living with a permanent and significant disability.

The scheme provides lifelong support, where people have more choice and control over how they receive services.

Supports may include health and therapy services, equipment, personal care, help at home and getting involved in the community.

When is the NDIS available?

The NDIS will roll out across Victoria from July 2016, in the Banyule, Darebin, Nillumbik, Whittlesea & Yarra area.

What do you offer under the NDIS?

As of the 1 July 2016, Merri Health will start to provide services under the NDIS.

Children with disabilities

This service is known as MerriKids and supports children with a development delay or disability to learn, develop and reach their full potential. 

We’ll work with your family when and where it suits you, including at home, at childcare, kindergarten, school and other community settings.

Support coordination

We will work with you to help you access the supports and services you want and need to live a fulfilling and happy life. This could involve staying connected with your community, finding the right services for you and identifying your needs to ensure your personal goals are met.

Education: puberty and human relations

Educational groups for people with intellectual or learning disabilities, and those on the autism spectrum.

Known as CoCare, over eight weeks you will learn about developing friendships and relationships in a fun and interactive environment.

Mental health

We can support people with mental health issues or a psychosocial disability with day to day life, including planning and decision making, learning to live independently, reaching your goals, building social connections and getting involved in community activities.

We can provide this support at one of our sites, in your home or at other day services or community services. We will design services to meet your needs.

Am I eligible for the NDIS?

People living with a disability can find out more information by visiting NDIS website’s NDIS Access Checklist.

I have questions. Who can I call?

Call 1300 637 744 (MERRI H) or email ndis@merrihealth.org.au

You can also submit your questions online on our NDIS forum. We will answer your questions and post them anonymously to help other other people who may have the same concerns.