Enrolled nurses and registered nurses are very similar. They differ in that enrolled nurses have a diploma in nursing, whereas registered nurses have a university degree. Their duties oftentimes overlap; however, registered nurses tend to have a greater responsibility with regard to developing and managing patient care programs.
While nurses are essential care providers for many people living with disability, not all nursing services qualify for funding under the NDIS. In order to qualify for funding, nursing services must be directly related to an individual’s disability. In general, this includes medical assessments and supports that are designed to help NDIS participants build independence.
Most nursing supports that qualify for funding will fall under the Improve Daily Living category. For example, if a nurse is hired to train a participant (or their caretakers) how to safely and effectively administer medication, or how to dress and care for wounds, that will generally be covered by NDIS funding. Other examples include:
- Catheter changes and cleaning
- Development of care plans and swallowing therapy for people with dysphagia
- Respiratory supports including tracheostomy equipment and management, CPAP and BiPAP equipment, ventilators and more
Also eligible for NDIS funding are medical assessments performed by a nurse. The aim of such assessments is to determine which supports are required for the participant in question—also the level and frequency at which the supports are required.
The NDIS will not fund nursing supports that are not directly related to a participant’s disability, or supports that can be performed by an existing care provider. Services that are made available by other accessible health care programs are also excluded from NDIS funding.