What is my role as a GP?

Patients seeking to join the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will need to complete an Access Request Form (ARF).

GPs play an important role in supporting their patients to complete the ARF, particularly Section F which captures information relating to the impact of the individual’s disability on the functional domains of:

  • mobility
  • communication
  • social interaction
  • learning
  • self-care
  • self-management.

 In addition to completing the ARF, an applicant may also supply the NDIS with additional documentation to further support their application, such as:

Some patients may have a specific condition or be part of a program that automatically qualifies them for entry into the NDIS, or that requires no further evidence of disability. 

GPs may also be asked to provide updated information about the functional impact of the participant’s disability on their day to day life for consideration during a Plan Review. This information will help the NDIA develop the participant’s updated Plan and address any changes the supports they require.

Below are some resources which may be helpful in understanding the NDIS and patient requirements:

Practical resources for GPs and other health professionals are available on the NDIS website.