07 May
NDIS and Psychosocial Disability

NDIS and Psychosocial Disability

Psychosocial disability is something that forms as a result of a mental health issue or illness. Symptoms may be chronic, sporadic, and long-lasting. To recap, this means that the disability:

  • is permanent or likely to be
  • reduces your ability to participate in activities or perform daily tasks
  • affects your ability to participate in the community on a social and economic level

What it doesn’t cover

It’s important to realise that not everyone with a mental health issue or illness will experience disability. Your impairment needs to fulfill the above requirements in order for you to be eligible under psychosocial disability.

Recovery process

The NDIS defines recovery as achieving the optimal state of social, personal, and emotional wellbeing while living with a mental health condition. This will be unique for each individual, and they will be able to choose and adjust their supports when they need to. It will also:

  • encourage a lifetime approach to recovery
  • focus on building social and economic independence
  • work alongside other supports and services

Working with other services

Mental health issues often require the coordination of multiple supports and services. These include family and friends, community groups, public and private health providers, and specific mental health services. It can also cover education, housing, and finance services. The NDIS aims to work alongside all these existing systems in order to provide the support needed for recovery – they will not be replaced by the NDIS.

The NDIS:

  • can provide assistance with other mental health services for therapy, medication, hospital/in-patient care, and rehabilitation
  • does not cover other health services like dental care, dietitians, physiotherapy, or palliative care
  • can help provide access to these other services if they are under a participant’s plan

Examples of support

Here are a few examples of funded supports from this Psychosocial Disability factsheet:

  • An individual with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who is socially withdrawn may receive the support of an attendant to accompany them in social situations
  • An individual with cognitive difficulties may receive equipment that helps them be organised and learn

If you missed out on previous NDIS resources, you can access them HERE.


For further info about psychosocial disability and what supports are available, talk to us today or call 1800 610 665.

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