Essentia Health Clinics including Gold Coast, Melbourne, and our Telehealth Service DBT Assist accept referrals for individuals with NDIS plans for specialist counselling, recovery coaching, and specialist support coordination through our NDIS Capacity Building Clinic. We are a specialist service supporting individuals with emotion regulation difficulties and complex mental health concerns. We do not offer plan development services as our focus is on psychology, mental health, and behavioural skills development as well as specialist plan coordination.

The NDIS measures each case individually and therefore there is no clear eligibility checklist. However, individuals who experience a disability because of their mental health, and are likely to be eligible for individualised NDIS support. For more information about our Specialist NDIS Capacity Building Clinic please click this link!

What is psychosocial disability under the NDIS?

Psychosocial disability is a term used by the NDIS to describe a disability that may arise from a mental health issue.

Not everyone who has a mental health condition will have a psychosocial disability, but for people who do, it can be severe, longstanding and impact on their recovery. Individuals with a disability as a result of their mental health condition may qualify for the NDIS.

Evidence of Psychosocial Disability form

Evidence of Psychosocial Disability form (PDF 482KB) – to be completed by your most appropriate clinician, and your support worker or appropriate person. This evidence form makes it easier for people with a psychosocial disability and supporters to collect evidence for NDIS eligibility. 

It is important to note, you still need a completed Verbal Access Request (VAR) or Access Request Form (ARF). This form is a collaboration with the Department of Social Services funded Transition Support Project team at Flinders University.

Everyone who applies to the NDIS must meet eligibility criteria. These include age, residency and disability requirements. You must also live in an area where the NDIS is being rolled out. To find out more go to How to apply

Further information is available on the Australian Government NDIS website at

NDIS Referral Form

If you have a self-managed plan please type “self” in the box above

Participant Information

If same as referrer please type “same as referrer”
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 4 files.
Please provide an overview of the support requested including: anticipated duration of support, special requests, orientate Essentia Health to any particular preferences or needs.