Categories
COVID-19 Uncategorized

South Australia COVID-19 Update

South Australia COVID-19 Update.

Nextt is committed to continuity of essential services support to all our clients and the safety and wellbeing of all support workers.

Due to the risk associated SA Government has stated that from 6.00pm Tuesday 20 July 2021 until at least 6.00pm on Friday 25 July 2021,

The reasons you may leave your home include:

  • Care and compassion grounds
  • Essential work – Level 5 list of essential workers (PDF, 113.3 KB)
  • Purchasing essential goods
  • Medical reasons including getting COVID tested or vaccinated.
  • Exercise with those in your household

To protect vulnerable adults living in supported independent living houses, the government has asked people to protect them by limiting visits to the below:

  • For permitted purposes only, i.e. care or care giving or the provision of emergency health care

We know this may be difficult for some, but please support us to keep people safe.

Nextt will continue to provide services in line with this advice. All workers will be provided surgical masks and will wear them during the provision of support to you/your loved one.

Nextt have been working hard nationally to keep all clients we support safe and well at this time. This includes:

  • Infection Control Training
  • Daily National Briefings to stay on top of state and medical advice
  • Responsive communication to our workforce on their obligations to keep you safe
  • Provision of PPE to workers

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 369 568

We want to again thank all those who are in lockdown for this period. What you are doing is not just protecting you and your loved ones but everyone in the state of South Australia.

Categories
Uncategorized

How to Apply to the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an incredible initiative designed to aid Australians living with disability access support they need to improve their quality of life. However, understanding if you are eligible for NDIS funding, and the requirements can become tricky.

At Nextt we have put together a helpful checklist as a guide to ensure you receive the support you deserve!

Here is what you need to do to access NDIS funding:

  1. Check if you are eligible for NDIS funding
    To obtain access to NDIS funding, you or your loved one must meet the requirements on the NDIS Eligibility Checklist. The criteria questions include:
  • Are you aged between 7 and 65?
  • Do you live in Australia and have Australian residency?
  • Do you usually need support from a person due to a permanent and significant disability?
  • Do you use special equipment because of a permanent and significant disability?

Do you need some supports now to reduce your future needs?

2. Request Access
If you do not currently receive disability supports but wish to join the scheme, you will need to contact the NDIS to complete an Access Request Form. You can contact NDIS on 1800 800 110 to make a verbal access request or download and complete the Access Request Form and email it to the NDIA with supporting information. Please visit ‘What is an Access Request Form?’ to download an access form or visit ‘Applying to access the NDIS’ for more information.

3. Know your entitlements
There are various categories of NDIS funding, all of which cover supports in achieving different outcomes, so it is important that you are provided with the right disability services that suit your individual needs.

4. Provide information about your disability

You should seek support from your healthcare practitioners to fill out the relevant paperwork stating your diagnosis and ongoing needs. Providing good evidence of disability will support the NDIA to make a decision regarding your eligibility for the NDIS. Good evidence should be:

  • Recent
  • Completed by a treating health professional.
  • Confirms your primary disability.
  • Confirms the impacts of your disability on different areas of your life.
  • Describes previous treatments and outcomes.
  • Describes future treatment options and expected outcomes of those treatments.

The health professionals should know which assessments or reports they need to provide. The NDIA provides a list of relevant assessments that professionals can use (and which you may need to get).

If you need help to get your evidence together Local Area Coordinators (LAC) can help you.

5. Contact an NDIS Support Service Provider
One of the most efficient ways to access NDIS funding is by getting in touch with an NDIS approved support provider. At Nextt, we aim to empower our clients to live happy, independent lives. As an NDIS-registered provider, we provide a range of capacity and skill-building programs and individual supports that are tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients.

Get in touch with our dedicated NDIS support coordinator team at Nextt to find out how we can help you and your family access NDIS Funding. Contact us on 1300 369 568.

Categories
Uncategorized

How to Choose a Disability Support Provider

How to choose a Disability Support Provider?

Choosing the right disability support services is an important decision that should not be taken for granted. Knowing you have an organisation that supports your needs and works to build a relationship with you can make this seemingly difficult process a lot smoother and will save you time and frustration.

Tips to choosing the right disability service provider:

1. Research: Have a look at a range of providers and see if they offer the support and services that meet your needs. Make sure you call and talk to their customer support team about your queries and to see if their disability support services are suited for you.

2. Reputation: Seek recommendations through family or friends, or by googling their organisation to understand their credibility. Have a look at both the organisations Google Reviews and TrustPilot Reviews to help make an informed decision. Make sure you check their service history, their staffs, and ensure that they are a registered NDIS provider.

3. Experience: Your disability support provider must be able to assist you in navigating through the process, and provide the relevant details including clear service agreements, and terms and conditions. You must consider their experience, and ensure they specialise in disability support and plans that meet your goals.

4. Communication: Check to see if your service provider can offer information in your language, and that the information is provided in a format that is accessible to you. You may also want to check that support workers and coordinators speak other languages.

5. Dedicated Customer Care: Your service provider should be able to offer guidance on what you need to know and help you achieve your goals. They should be able to provide clear information on what they offer and how you can access it.

How to change your disability services provider:

Are you unhappy with your current disability services provider? Are looking for a provider that will understand your personal situation, your unique needs, and support you in creating a personalised plan to help you reach your goals?

Speak to Nextt, our team can assist in making the NDIS a smooth process for you.

Why choose Nextt?

Over the last 20 years we have built a reputable service that specialises in supporting people with a broad range of disabilities. Over this time, we have implemented new systems, processes, and fresh ideas – to provide the finest service to our clients.

We pride ourselves on our responsiveness, and on our honest and open communication with our clients. We aim for a ‘no wrong door’ approach, where each of our team members can respond to our client’s unique needs.

At Nextt, we have a reputation for supporting people with complex needs and providing individualised supports. Our innovative Nextt Indie platform allows us to clearly capture our client’s goals and measures their progress towards reaching these goals. It lets us know if our supports are effective or if we need to make improvements to our service.

Contact Nextt on 1300 369 568 and speak to our specialist customer care team on how we can support you in achieving your goals.

Categories
COVID-19 Uncategorized

Victoria COVID-19 Update

Victoria COVID-19 Update.

Nextt is committed to continuity of essential services support to all our clients and the safety and wellbeing of all employees.

Due to the risk associated VIC Government has stated that from 11.59pm Thursday 15 July 2021 until at least 11.59pm on 11.59PM Tuesday 20 July 2021,

The reasons you may leave your home include:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services;
  • Medical care or care giving
  • Exercise outdoors for up to two hours, less than 5km from your home
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home
  • To get vaccinated

To protect vulnerable adults living in supported independent living houses, the government has asked Victorians to protect them by limiting visits to the below:

  • For permitted purposes only, i.e. care or care giving or the provision of emergency health care
  • No more than two visitors per day

We know this may be difficult for some, but please support us to keep people safe.

Nextt will continue to provide services in line with this advice. All workers will be provided surgical masks and will wear them during the provision of support to you/your loved one.

Nextt have been working hard nationally to keep all clients we support safe and well at this time. This includes:

  • Infection Control Training
  • Daily National Briefings to stay on top of state and medical advice
  • Responsive communication to our workforce on their obligations to keep you safe
  • Provision of PPE to workers

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 369 568

We want to again thank all those who are in lockdown for this period. What you are doing is not just protecting you and your loved ones but everyone in the state of Victoria.

Categories
COVID-19 Uncategorized

Queensland COVID-19 Lockdown

Queensland COVID-19 Lockdown.

Nextt is committed to continuity of essential services support to all our clients and the safety and wellbeing of all support workers.

Due to the risk associated QLD Government has stated that from 6.00pm tonight until at least 6.00pm on Friday 2 July, residents of, or people whose usual place of work or anyone who has been in Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Redlands, Moreton, Somerset and Logan must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason. People returning from Townsville, Magnetic Island or Palm Island must also follow these directions.

The reasons you may leave your home include:

  • obtaining essential goods or services, including healthcare and vaccinations
  • attending essential work or childcare
  • assisting vulnerable persons
  • Exercise in your local area with your household or one other person

Nextt will continue to provide services in line with this advice. All workers will be provided surgical masks and will wear them during the provision of support to you/your loved one.

Nextt have been working hard nationally to keep all clients we support safe and well at this time. This includes:

  • Infection Control Training
  • Daily National Briefings to stay on top of state and medical advice
  • Responsive communication to our workforce on their obligations to keep you safe
  • Provision of PPE to workers

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on

1300 369 568

We want to again thank all those who are in lockdown for this period. What you are doing is not just protecting you and your loved ones but everyone in the state of Queensland.

Disability Information Helpline

1800 643 787

http://www.dss.gov.au/disabilityhelp

Categories
COVID-19 Uncategorized

UPDATED COVID-19 restrictions as of 26th June 2021

UPDATED COVID-19 restrictions

Nextt is committed to continuity of essential supports to all our clients and the
safety and wellbeing of all support workers.

Restrictions in place
Due to the risk associated NSW Government has stated that from 6:00pm tonight Saturday 26th June until at least 11.59pm on Friday 9th July, residents of, or people whose usual place of work is in, Greater Sydney, The Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason.


The reasons you may leave your home include:

  •  Shopping for food or other essential goods and services;
  •  Medical care or compassionate needs;
  •  Exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer;
  •  Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

Please note there are restrictions on visitors to Supported Independent Living, Aged Care,
Hospitals, Prisons and other settings where vulnerable people may live or receive services.


This may impact on your work, so please ensure you are working in line with the restrictions in place.


Get Tested
We also ask you please if you have visited any of the hotspots at the times identified OR are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 to please follow health authority advice on testing and self isolation, notifying the office if this effects your ability to work.


Keeping You Safe

Nextt will continue to provide services in line with this advice. To support you we are taking the following steps

  • All staff have been provided with Infection Control Training
  • All staff in affected areas have been provided with an Essential Services Letter. Staff
    can screen shot this letter to provide as evidence if requested.
  • PPE – will be distributed via our Sydney and Toronto offices for the time period to all
    support workers. Staff will wear surgical masks when in the community, and when
    providing direct supports. If staff run out of PPE over the weekend, they can
    purchase this locally and be reimbursed.
  • All staff have been asked to carry Nextt ID
  • Supported Independent Living (SIL) – there are restrictions on who can enter SIL
    houses, further communication will be available to workers and clients working in
    these locations.

We hope that everyone is able to stay safe and well during this stressful time.

Categories
COVID-19 Uncategorized

Sydney COVID-19 Lockdown

Sydney COVID-19 Lockdown.

Nextt is committed to continuity of essential services support to all our clients and the safety and wellbeing of all support workers.

Due to the risk associated NSW Government has stated that from 11.59pm tonight until at least 11.59pm on Friday 2 July, residents of, or people whose usual place of work or anyone who has been in Woollahra, Waverly, Randwick, or City of Sydney Council must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason.

The reasons you may leave your home include:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services;
  • Medical care or compassionate needs;
  • Exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer;
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

Nextt will continue to provide services in line with this advice. All workers will be provided surgical masks and will wear them during the provision of support to you/your loved one.

Nextt have been working hard nationally to keep all clients we support safe and well at this time. This includes:

  • Infection Control Training
  • Daily National Briefings to stay on top of state and medical advice
  • Responsive communication to our workforce on their obligations to keep you safe
  • Provision of PPE to workers

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on

1300 369 568

We want to again thank all those who are in lockdown for this period. What you are doing is not just protecting you and your loved ones but everyone in Sydney.

Categories
Uncategorized

NDIS can support people with psychosocial disability

Psychosocial disability (PSD) is a term that refers to a disability that is caused by a mental health issue. Not everyone with a mental health issue will develop a psychosocial disability, but for those who do, it can be severe, long-term, and hinder recovery. People who have a disability because of their mental health condition may be eligible for the NDIS.

Understanding Psychosocial Disability?

To put it simply, PSD related to the social hardships and how your life is impacted due to your disability. People living with PSD may find it difficult to organise plans, set goals and engage in work, school and training.

Although psychosocial factors usually influence various types of mental health issues to some extent there are a range of conditions that include long term psychosocial impacts, these include:

  • Anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress, obsessive compulsive disorder, agoraphobia, and social phobia.
  • Schizoid disorders, including schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia.
  • Mood disorders, including a major and dysthymic depression and bipolar.

NDIS and Psychosocial Disability

The NDIS offers support for people living with a psychosocial disability to aid in your recovery. This funding enables you to select the supports you need to achieve your personal recovery goals and lead a positive life.

How can Nextt assist?

The NDIS helps people achieve independence and provides the highest quality services to assist individuals to achieve the most out of their lives.

Nextt are qualified and registered NDIS service provides that aim to support people with disability to access their NDIS core supports. They have and are currently assisting many people living with PSD to live as independently as possible.

At Nextt we can:

  • Support access to Psychosocial Recovery Coaching.
  • Provide direction and plan to achieve your NDIS goals.
  • Assist in independent living.
  • Help you build community participation.
  • Support you to build confidence.
  • Aid to fulfill everyday tasks.
  • Assist you to gain access to support services.

What is Psychosocial Recovery Coaching?

Recovery coaches can provide you with individualised coaching and support if you have a psychosocial disability, allowing you to get more out of life.

Supported by the NDIS, Psychosocial Recovery Coaching is implemented to assist people living with PSD to live a full life. It supports individuals’ strengths and is provided by experienced mentors with a great understanding of recovery-oriented practice.

You will be assisted to take more control of your life and better manage complex challenges of day-to-day living.

Through strong and respectful relationships and skilled coaching, you will be supported to build capacity, including strengths and resilience.

Nextt currently offers Psychosocial Recovery Coaching across the Brisbane area.  For more information, contact us on 1300 369 568.  

Categories
COVID-19 Uncategorized

Victoria Vaccination Priority Access

Vaccination Blitz

The Victorian Government has announced a vaccination blitz to ensure that disability support workers are given priority access at vaccination hubs. The priority access will be available from today (Wednesday 2nd June) until Sunday for all walk-in vaccinations hubs from 9am to 4pm. Staff are eligible for either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines depending on their age, with the Government has expanding the clinics that Pfizer is available. Priority access will be ensured by active queue management. Hubs include:

  • Royal Exhibition Building
  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
  • Sandown Racecourse
  • Melbourne Showgrounds
  • Former Ford Factory – Geelong
  • Bendigo Community Clinic
  • Ballarat Mercure Hotel and Convention Centre
  • Shepparton Showgrounds – McIntosh Centre
  • Traralgon Racecourse
  • Wodonga Vaccination Hub

Employees will be required to take ID and information staff on site that they are a priority worker. Additional information on walk-in hubs and other sites including contact details and opening times are available on the DHS website.

To see the full details of the Premier announcement, please visit the Premier of Victoria web page.

Categories
COVID-19 Uncategorized

Victoria COVID-19 Update

Victoria COVID-19 Update.

Nextt is committed to continuity of essential services support to all our clients and the safety and wellbeing of all employees.

The Victorian Government has announced that from 11:59pm on Thursday 27 May until 11:59pm on Thursday 03 June 2021 there are five reasons that people can leave home

  • shopping for necessary goods and services
  • authorised work or permitted education
  • exercise, a 2-hour limit with one other person
  • care giving, compassionate, and medical reasons
  • To get vaccinated

Nextt will continue to provide services in line with this advice. All workers will be provided surgical masks and will wear them during the provision of support to you/your loved one.

Nextt have been working hard nationally to keep all clients we support safe and well at this time. This includes:

  • Infection Control Training
  • Daily National Briefings to stay on top of state and medical advice
  • Responsive communication to our workforce on their obligations to keep you safe
  • Provision of PPE to workers

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on

1300 369 568

We want to again thank all those who are in lockdown for this period. What you are doing is not just protecting you and your loved ones but everyone in the state of Victoria.