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Richmond Wellbeing and RUAH Community Services, with funding from the Department of Communities, have partnered together to create a sector transition program called “Living My Best Life”. This sector transition program seeks to:

      • Increase the percentage of successful psychosocial disability applications to the NDIS
      • Enhance the knowledge of NDIS registered providers in the psychosocial disability space
      • Provide education for small to medium NDIS registered providers
      • Provide accurate information to new participants

Our Living My Best Life free training workshops are specifically designed for NDIS service providers to help increase the likelihood of success for a psychosocial disability NDIS application. The training also helps to address the main barriers faced in the application process. It looks at the episodic nature of psychosocial disability, unpacks the six domains, and outlines the importance of language within domain evidence. Discover the Living My Best Life helpful application toolkit that is full of resources designed specifically to help collect and collate relevant evidence.

Join our Community of Practice (CoP), which connects NDIS service providers and helps build capacity through networking and information sharing.  The CoP will develop NDIS application ‘best practice’ strategies to reduce barriers for people with psychosocial disabilities. They will also champion initiatives such as a mentorship program for NDIS service providers.

We believe in using storytelling to talk about the impact of real issues faced when applying for the NDIS. Join us as we follow our diverse range of characters with psychosocial disabilities as they apply for the NDIS. See the challenges they face and discover the strategies they use to overcome these. We also want to hear your stories!

Training

The Living My Best Life training workshops and application resources have been developed through consultation with industry stakeholders, to support NDIS service providers and their consumers. The consultation was conducted by an independent facilitator and included engagement with stakeholders such as a customer reference group, residents and industry advocates.  The consultation report and focus group findings provided valuable insights such as existing barriers and the supports needed to access the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities.

Following the consultation, the Living My Best Life team have developed two free training courses for small to medium NDIS providers to help build capacity.

  • Accessing NDIS for Psychosocial Disabilities which gives a basic understanding of how to navigate the application process.
  • Understanding the NDIS Six Domains which deep dives into the requirements necessary to document evidence on these domains.

Living My Best Life training participants will network with other like-minded service providers and upon completion, be invited to join the Community of Practice. Participants will also receive a Certificate acknowledging successful completion of the Living My Best Life training courses.

REGIONAL TRAININGS

Living My Best Life are providing face to face trainings in regional WA area’s where there is enough demand. If you’re interested in a training near you, you can email us at LMBL@rw.org.au

Upcoming regional training will be updated below.

COST

The training is provided FREE of charge.

VENUE

Training is usually held each Friday either online or at our training room in Cannington. Alternatively, our Living My Best Life trainers are available to come to your workplace to provide a group training session. Please email us at LMBL@rw.org.au to discuss your requirements.

REGISTRATIONS

To register for one of our upcoming Living My Best Life training courses, please click on the button below:

ACCESSING NDIS FOR PSYCHOSOCIAL DISABILITIES

Accessing NDIS for Psychosocial Disabilities is professional development training specifically designed to develop capacity, skills and strategies to increase the likelihood of success for an NDIS application including:

      • How to identify a consumer that meets the NDIS criteria
      • Conversations to have with the consumer
      • How to support consumers to apply for NDIS
      • What evidence to collect
      • How to format the evidence
      • What language to use
      • How to overcome common barriers

Application Toolkit

In consultation with service providers and consumers, the Living My Best Life team have developed a comprehensive Application Toolkit to help NDIS service providers.

The resources below include the key NDIS forms and other important tools created by the Living My Best Life team. The free training outlines the best way to use these tools in gathering evidence for an NDIS application.

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Storytelling

The NDIS has been around for a while now but not everyone in the community knows about it. Even less people know what types of psychosocial disabilities or mental health conditions are covered by it.

So to help educate both the NDIS service provides and the general community on pathways for NDIS applications, the team at Living My Best Life have created a range of resources that focuses on engaging storytelling to navigate through the process.

The Living My Best Life storylines follow the NDIS application journeys of characters from a diverse range of backgrounds, who each have a mental health issue that they need assistance with. It provides tips on how to apply for the NDIS, and how to address barriers they encounter such as social interaction, communication, self-care, self-management, and mobility.

LIVING MY BEST LIFE – Issue 1

Check out the Living My Best Life graphic novel which follows the NDIS application journeys of characters from a diverse range of backgrounds, who each have a mental health issue that they need assistance with. It provides tips on how to apply for the NDIS, and how the characters addressed barriers they encounter such as social interaction, communication, self-care, self-management, and mobility.

The Living My Best Life graphic novels are a free resource available for NDIS service providers to order and use as a resource when discussing NDIS applications with clients.

Meet the Characters 

Meet our wonderful Living My Best Life graphic novel characters Lee, Nat, Fran, Kavitha and Brad. They have all have experienced some difficulties navigating the NDIS, so are sharing their stories to highlight the barriers they face and what they found helpful to overcome these.

  • Fran character profile
  • Kavitha character profile
  • Lee character profile
  • Nat character profile
  • Brad character profile

Follow Our Characters Stories

Each of our Living My Best Life characters are unique and tell a different story. We hope these stories resonate with potential NDIS applicants to inspire and encourage them to seek NDIS funding.

KAVITHA’S JOURNEY

Kavitha is a bipolar migrant widow. Her late husband was a GP who used to support her in managing her disability until he passed away. She is now trying to navigate her disability, care for their children and is impacted by language and cultural barriers. Watch her journey below:

Community of Practice

Community of Practice

Join a network of your peers to collaborate, communicate and coordinate better outcomes for people with psychosocial disabilities when applying for NDIS funding.

The Living My Best Life Community of Practice meets quarterly to identify barriers for people with psychosocial disability in accessing NDIS. We share information and tools used in successful applications, and are developing a ‘best practice’ approach for NDIS applications for psychosocial disabilities.

Mentoring Program

The Living My Best Life team are establishing a mentoring program through the Community of Practice, so NDIS service providers can partner and support each other.

Hear success stories from guest speakers and learn the best evidence writing approach from those who have had successful applications.

Register to become a mentor or mentee here: LMBL@rw.org.au

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Your NDIS Story

We want to hear from you!

Tell us your experiences in applying for the NDIS. What has been challenging? What has been helpful? What barriers have affected your application?

Depending on what you’re cool with, we may use your story in a future edition of Living My Best Life to help others – removing your personal details of course.

Email us:   yourstory@rw.org.au

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