NDIS reports have been successful in gaining additional funding dependent on a range of variables. Assessment tools that focus on parent burden of care and the quantity of workload and impact on health supports an understanding of why additional funding is appropriate. Parent health requires assessment in detailed form to support an understanding of the impact on self care. Home modifications and carer support hours require detailed analysis and lengthy education regarding this unique situation based on NDIS criteria. Adjusting report writing to suit the level of detail required is recommended. What you document can make a difference yet in other cases the difficulties navigating through layers of different levels of experience can make it extremely challenging to convey information that to therapists and families is extremely clear and obvious. One of the challenges can be the lack of consistency in information storage between one review meeting to the next. Time management and efficiency for costing of report writing is an issue, yet Occupational Therapy reports are asked for to document levels of skill and impact of need.
Families have been successful in increasing the yearly or 6 monthly funding amounts by $10,000+, $40,000 +, $120,000+ dependent on their unique circumstances. Challenges have been experienced with understanding of the complexity of chronic conditions and its presentation at that particular point in time versus what is expected if the challenges are not supported.
It is helpful to look at writing styles for reports where concepts are linked together through layers, so that families and their relationships with infrastructure and different systems can be more easily seen. Watching the old TV show Geoffrey Robertson’s Hypotheticals can assist in understanding this for communicating to an audience (e.g. those reading your reports).