NDIS Commission announces new Practice Standards

Changes are coming to Core Module and Module 1 Practice Standards

The NDIS Commission announced the changes which include the introduction of three new Practice Standards.

What are the proposed changes?

The NDIS Commission is in the final stages of developing three new NDIS Practice Standards.

  • Mealtime Management Practice Standard – providing guidance and ensuring compliance in relation to safe and quality practice by registered NDIS providers in the delivery of mealtime management to people with disability.
  • Severe Dysphagia Management Practice Standard – providing guidance and ensuring compliance in relation to safe and quality practice by registered NDIS providers in the delivery of severe dysphagia management to people with disability.
  • Emergency and Disaster Management Practice Standard – to strengthen guidance to NDIS providers on complying with their obligations to ensure the health, wellbeing, and safety of the NDIS participants they support during COVID-19, or future emergencies or disasters.

They are the result of commitments made by the NDIS Commission to explicitly address quality and safety in mealtime supports and to respond to the issues raised for people with disabilities during the Covid-19 Pandemic by the Royal Commission (DRC) https://www.ndiscommission.gov.au/causes-and-contributors-deaths-people-disability

Who will be affected?

Providers delivering services that require NDIS Assessment or NDIS Audit against the Core Module or Module 1 (0104 High-Intensity Daily personal Activities)

What do I need to do to ensure compliance?

These are proposed changes and are yet to come into effect. Once the NDIS Commission has commenced these, there will be a timeframe provided for when you need to address the new practice standard. It is a good idea to start preparing now.

Information about transition periods and details of the new Practice Standards, including resources to support their implementation will be made available on the Practice Standards page of the NDIS website in October 2021.

  

Are you Dysphagia Aware?

 Practice Alert: Dysphagia, safe swallowing, and mealtime management

Dysphagia is a medical term for any difficulty with swallowing. It is associated with a wide range of disabilities and health conditions. People with disability who have dysphagia are more likely to die from choking or respiratory illnesses or have serious health complications because of poor management of dysphagia.

Because of the high rates of dysphagia in people with disability, there is an increased risk of respiratory problems and/or choking and poor nutrition. Swallowing problems can allow food, drinks or saliva to get into lungs rather than the stomach, which can cause aspiration pneumonia.
This practice alert explains the risks associated with dysphagia, how to support NDIS participants with dysphagia, and provider obligations.

For a copy of the Dysphagia Practice Alert – Click Here

 

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