As we enter a new phase of COVID-19 management in Australia, we thought it would be helpful to remind those accessing the NDIS of some useful information regarding testing, vaccinations and PPE.
With information changing frequently, we encourage you to check the NDIS website (here) or the Department of Health (here) for the latest information regarding COVID (the information listed below is accurate as of 2 March 2022).
Eligible NDIS participants can purchase rapid antigen tests (RAT) with NDIS plan funding from their core budget. The NDIA advises that “core supports budget are flexible and can be used temporarily to cover the cost of RATs”.
You are eligible to receive free RATs if you hold one of the following cards:
- Commonwealth Senior Health Card
- Health Care Card
- Low Income Health Care Card
- Pensioner Concession Card
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold, White or Orange card.
A reminder that if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or return a positive RAT test, you are to seek a PCR test as soon as possible.
If you need assistance to access a COVID-19 vaccination, HenderCare can assist you. Simply call your Service Delivery & Rostering Officer on 1300 764 433, and our team will be happy to assist you in organising this service.
The easiest way to access a COVID-19 vaccination and booster dose is by visiting the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder
The NDIA has also provided the following information regarding vaccinations:
- The NDIA has partnered with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia to make it easier to access the COVID-19 vaccine. NDIS participants can use this easy access link to book a COVID-19 vaccine
- All Australians must give informed consent before having the COVID-19 vaccine. If you want, you can have someone support you in your decision making.
- More information for people with a disability about COVID-19 vaccines is available on the Australian Government’s Department of Health website.
- COVID-19 vaccination and booster information is also available in Easy Read , Auslan and other languages.
- Visit accessible vaccination clinics for more information.
The NDIA has stated that “participants with a reasonable and necessary need for PPE when their disability worker is supporting them can use their NDIS funds to purchase PPE”.
All HenderCare team members are required to wear appropriate PPE in line with local state health advice.
If you have any questions regarding PPE use, please contact your Service Delivery & Rostering Officer.
The NDIA has also put together a helpful webpage that outlines further COVID-related information, including plans and plan reviews, meal preparation and delivery and one-off deep cleans. To review this information, please click here.