Get your head around the NDIS

Many people who should be receiving support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are missing out. Navigating the intricacies of the NDIS can be a challenge for healthcare professionals. Don’t worry though, we’re here to help make it a little easier.  

What to expect 

CPD Bites is an opportunity to meet with other local health professionals, have a bite to eat, and learn bite-sized CPD. Come along to hear from local service coordinators on effective referral pathways and early childhood intervention.  

You’ll gain insight into different NDIS journeys, discover who can and cannot access the NDIS, and learn about a range of practical resources to help in your efforts to support clients and patients. An open forum discussion provides a great opportunity to ask questions on navigating the NDIS. 

Learning outcomes 

  • Improve your understanding of the NDIS for people living with disability in the Port Macquarie and Hastings region 
  • Determine if a patient is likely to meet the NDIS disability requirements 
  • Explain the role of local area coordinators and early childhood partners 
  • Identify effective referral pathways and options to ensure continuity of patient care. 

Who should attend ?

Local service coordinators, GPs and other health care professionals who provide care to those living with disability. 


  • Donna Jones, ECEI Community Capacity Building Facilitator, Northcott 
  • Ashlee Law, ECEI Community Capacity Building Facilitator Mid North Coast, National Disability Insurance Agency 
  • Alley O’Rourke, Assistant Director, National Disability Insurance Agency 
  • Katelyn Williams, Local Area Coordinator, BlueSky Services 



Venue: Sails Port Macquarie By Rydges, 20 Park St, Port Macquarie

Date/Time: Part day | Tue 22 Jun 2021, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (2hrs) AEST

Event Organiser: Port Macquarie and Hastings Clinical Society

Contact: Leanne Bryant

Phone: 02 6659 1808

Email: Click here

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Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.

You can read the full Terms of Use by clicking here.