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This article explains for NDIS participants what a Support Coordinator, Specialist Support Coordinator and Recovery Coach are.

Support Coordinator

Some NDIS participants will have a Support Coordinator funded in their plan. Only once a plan is approved will those participants with funding for support coordination come into contact with a Support Coordinator.

A Support Coordinator will

  • Help you plan and use your supports.
  • Support you to understand and put in place the funded supports in your NDIS plan
  • Link you to services in the community, mainstream, and other government services
  • Focus on supports to build your skills and direct your life, while they connect you to providers
  • Assist you in preparing before your plan review.

Specialist Support Coordinator

Your plan will have a Specialist Support Coordinator funded if there are additional high or complex needs in your situation.

They are a qualified and experienced practitioner—for example, an Occupational Therapist or Psychologist.

  • Support you to manage challenges in your support environment.
  • Aims to reduce barriers to implementing your NDIS plan.

Psychosocial recovery coach (Recovery Coach)

Support Coordination is a support item funded by the NDIS. Psychosocial recovery coaches support participants with psychosocial disabilities to live a full and contributing life. (Under Level 2: Coordination of Supports) Recovery Coach and Support Coordination.

Psychosocial recovery coaches are different from support coordinators. Recovery coaches bring knowledge and skills in

  • Psychosocial recovery
  • Mental health and
  • Service navigation within the mental health system.

As coordination is a part of the recovery coach role, the NDIA will generally not fund both types of supports in a participant’s plan.

Further reading

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