Common Questions and Answers

If you are unsure about how a functional assessment works, please read our common question and answer list below. If you still cannot find what you are looking for, please use our contact form to email us for help.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Functional Assessments
for existing NDIS participants

Whether your current plan has a request for a functional assessment, you are wanting to request an early plan review or you have experienced a significant change in circumstances whereby an early plan review is required, Functional Assessments WA is here to help.
We can assist any NDIS participant over the age of 7 years.

Simply give us a call to talk through your needs or complete our contact form and we will be in touch. Following this initial conversation, should you feel comfortable to proceed, we will arrange an initial planning meeting, ideally in your own home.  At this initial meeting all will be explained, we will answer all your queries and if you wish to proceed, our NDIS documentation can be signed and sorted on the spot to prevent delays.  No charge is made for this initial meeting, so you can make sure you understand the process and feel comfortable with confidence.

As a general rule, we can commence the assessment process immediately following the initial planning meeting and start gathering the evidence required for the report.  At least one face-to-face meeting with the participant is required and all relevant people, you have consented to us liaising with, will be contacted to ensure full understanding of your story or the story of your loved one. The assessment and report generally takes 8 to 12 hours over 1 to 3 weeks to complete, depending on the complexity and availability of those involved.  You will be sent a final draft copy for comment and feedback and when finalised we will send you, the NDIS and your Support Coordinator, if relevant, a final copy of the report.

Many participants already have a therapy provider, say an occupational therapist or speech pathologist, that regularly provides therapy services.  Such providers can certainly provide an assessment report for you, but it is worth considering that sometimes having fresh eyes looking at your whole life story, rather than just focusing on say your communication or social skills, is beneficial to make sure that the right information and evidence is available at your next plan review.  Functional Assessments WA will also provide unbiased recommendations of your needs across the whole spectrum of your life and as we do not provide ongoing therapy, our recommendations are not influenced by future funding possibilities.  This way you can be sure your best interests are being considered.

Functional Assessments
for prospective NDIS participants

The NDIS requires documented evidence from a relevant health care professional to assess your eligibility for NDIS supports.  The best case scenario is that your treating therapist provide such a report, but many people do not receive regular therapy or have a therapist that knows their case or understands the NDIS.  Functional Assessments WA can help you with the evidence you need.

Simply give us a call to talk through your needs or complete our contact form and we will be in touch. Following this initial conversation, should you feel comfortable to proceed, we will arrange a time to start the assessment and reporting process, ideally by meeting you in your own home.

At least one face-to-face meeting with the prospective participant is required and all relevant people, you have consented to us liaising with, will be contacted to ensure full understanding of your story or the story of your loved one.  The assessment and report generally takes 5 to 6 hours over 1 to 3 weeks to complete, depending on the complexity and availability of those involved.  You will be sent a final draft copy for comment and feedback and when finalised we will send you a final copy of the report for you to submit with your application.

Within your NDIS plan

EXISTING PARTICIPANTS

Your current NDIS plan requests a functional assessment to provide evidence of your needs.

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Early Plan Review

EXISTING PARTICIPANTS

Your personal circumstances have changed or you are not happy with your plan (first 3 months only).

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Access the NDIS

PROSPECTIVE PARTICIPANTS

You need to provide evidence addressing the eligibility criteria to access the NDIS scheme.

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Empower your Life

Many people find NDIS processes challenging and confusing. Navigating the system alone can lead to significant stress and frustration or simply just giving up. We have a thorough understanding of these processes and speak the NDIS language. We are here to help alleviate your concerns and give you a clear pathway towards your next step.
Who are we?

Empower your Life

Many people find NDIS processes challenging and confusing. Navigating the system alone can lead to significant stress and frustration or simply just giving up. We have a thorough understanding of these processes and speak the NDIS language. We are here to help alleviate your concerns and give you a clear pathway towards your next step.

Who are we?

Receive the Right Supports

EXISTING PARTICIPANTS

We understand the difficult, frustrating and at times lengthy road that NDIS participants and their families have been on to access the NDIS, only to then receive a plan that doesn’t have the right amount of funding, in the right budgets, to allow you to access the support you need to achieve your goals.

Review you Plan

EXISTING PARTICIPANTS

Your personal circumstances may have changed and you are in need of an urgent plan review or you may not feel your plan meets your needs (first 3 months only).

Access the NDIS

PROSPECTIVE PARTICIPANTS

Functional Assessments WA has been established to provide specialised support to prospective participants to meet the NDIS’s requirements for documented evidence of need.

Contact us

Ask a question or book a Functional Assessment appointment using our contact form below.

Nicole Blackburn

Principal Therapist / Senior Physiotherapist
  • 0407 215 372