Why the NDIS wobbles are troubling doctors

Five years on, there's a steady stream of worrying stories

The NDIS has transformed thousands of lives for the better, but it’s also prompted claims of corruption and fears that many ineligible patients will simply be forgotten.

Among the many services delivered by the National Disability Insurance Scheme in recent months was a Jamie Oliver cooking class for a patient with severe, complex health issues.

The question for her treating psychiatrist Professor Stephen Kisely was not so much the quality of the celebrity chef and his aubergine parmigiana offerings, but the fact that his patient may have other, more pressing priorities in her life.

“What she needed was intensive, structured daily activities, more attention in terms of becoming more independent, getting help with budgeting, self-care and socialisation,” says Professor Kisely, a professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at the University of Queensland.

“But I had no input into the plan.