10 Oct Don’t lie to the professionals who support us
I have become aware of an incredibly disturbing trend: people lying to the Allied Health Professionals that they are engaging. From the start of that relationship.
The lie: “No, I don’t have NDIS”.
The reason stated for lying is that in many cases the hourly rate decreases.
Now, I’m all for negotiating a bargain but this is not the way to do it.
If you don’t have enough funds in your NDIS plan
- Gather your evidence
- Request a Review of a Reviewable Decision (RoRD)
- Take the decision through to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) if necessary
If the NDIS believes that you have sufficient funds then they will not increase them in the next plan
If your Allied Health Professional does NOT try to get you to request access to the NDIS
If you (or your child) appears to be eligible for the NDIS, and they do not attempt to assist you to get the support that you need then they are not doing their job properly. What else are they missing when it comes to supporting you?
NDIS Reporting is light years apart from the usual reports they write
NDIS is a while new world when it comes to writing reports that will get the funding that you require next year.
Allied Health Professionals need to use different language, different formats and speak about you and your needs in a completely different way.
By lying to your therapist and getting them to “write a report” you are really doing yourself a huge disservice – and ultimately costing yourself a bunch of funding in next years’ plan.
You need to base this relationship on trust
Allied Health Professional are just that: Professionals. In order for them to truly help us in our homes and communities they need to know how we live, and what we can realistically do. Don’t base that relationship on a lie.
The NDIS is new. We need to set the standard that we will accept. I am hoping that lying to our supports is not the way we want this to continue