Reporting for the NDIS
As a participant in physiotherapy funded by the NDIS, sometimes the NDIA will ask for progress reporting and reassessment. This is to make sure the therapy being provided and the funds being used are producing tangible and measurable progress towards your goals. Being asked for a progress report isn't a bad thing - it's an opportunity to review the progress that has been made, consider what is working and what isn't working, and use that to keep improving the plan in place to help you achieve your goals. The basis of a good report is thorough assessment and discussion, which is why your therapist will ask you questions and even potentially do assessments again a second time to chart your progress.
Progress reporting for NDIS clients provides the NDIA with a summary of the supports provided to a partcipant, and how those supports are used. Specifically, reporting shows how the support, be that therapy, transport, modification or equipment, has helped you work toward your goal. This doesn't mean that you have to have achieved your goal entirely, just that you are making forward progress towards it in a consistent and sustainable way. Progress reporting is also an opportunity to discuss barriers encountered during the course of the plan, and discuss strategies implemented to resolve these. If you're having any specific difficulty with the plan as it is, this is a good time to discuss that too.
Beyond these basic facts, progress reporting also gives participants the opportunity to request and justify any additional supports or resources, by discussing how proposed outcomes and plans may have changed since the time they started therapy. This is an opportunity to advocate to the NDIA for continued input based on sustainable and demonstrated progress. Remember, progress reporting isn't a bad thing - it's an opportunity to talk about how things are going, and what can be changed to make things better or more supportive in the future.
Your physiotherapist will work with you through any reporting or review that is requested by the NDIA. It's important to remember that any report on your progress also needs to capture an accurate picture of you, including your situation, your desires, your goals, what you want to achieve and how you're finding the process. Reporting may also require discussion with other professionals or services providing you support, so as to present the NDIA with an accurate representation of your life and how you're engaging with NDIS funded services. Reporting may involve one person, or it may involve your plan manager or an advocate as well. Regardless of who is involved and how, you should remember that the most important person in the process is you, the participant. This is your opportunity to show how you've been doing, discuss your difficulties and advocate for change, and to put that in a formal document. Your clinicians and other professionals will be there to help you, and are happy to answer any questions you may have as part of this process or any other.