Understanding and navigating support systems can, at times, be overwhelming and unclear.
One such support system or network is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which provides people living with a disability with information and connections to services in their communities, including doctors, clubs, groups, libraries and resources available in your state or territory.
Accessing support to assist you with managing your daily living tasks can help with the constant load of managing your disease.
As a first step, it is encouraged that you reach out to your local government, including councils and regional shires, to see what support services you may be eligible for.
Another avenue is to discuss your requirements through your local GP and your clinician at your treating hospital. They all have a plethora of contacts and can also help you navigate the available assistance web.
There are also disability support services provided by each state and territory that you may be eligible for. Please note that services and their availability vary from state to state.
If there is a substantial impact on your ability to complete everyday activities and under the age of 65, you may be eligible for the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme).
See below several NDIS links that may be useful to learn more about the NDIS, what support it can provide and who you can contact for more information in your state and territory.
WHAT IS THE NDIS? NDIS IN YOUR STATE
Find information on what supports the NDIS may provide by visiting
NDIS Funding and Creating a Plan.
Another avenue of assistance, specifically for those aged 65 or over, is MyAgedCare.gov.au
The website to find information about how to access Australian Government-funded aged care services that may meet your needs.
You can also call them on 1800 200 422 Monday to Friday, 8 am to 8 pm, and Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm (AEST).
Mental Health Support
Supporting your mental health is also important. For more information about the support services available head to the Mental Health section.