H A R P E R  Psychology

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Harper Psychology is a registered provider for the National           Disability Insurance Scheme.

We understand the need for quality services and support and use an individual approach for every client and family. 

Harper Psychology is currently approved to provide the following services:

Therapeutic Support & Behaviour Support

This includes a number of different categories listed under

Improved Relationships

Specialist Behavioural Intervention Support

Highly specialised intensive support interventions to address significantly harmful or persistent behaviours of concern. Development of behaviour support plans that temporarily use restrictive practices, with intention to minimise use of these practices.

Behaviour management plan, training in behaviour management strategies

Training for carers and others in behaviour management strategies required due the persons disability.

Individual social skills development

Social skills development with an individual, for participation in community and social activities.

Improved Daily Living Skills

Early Childhood Supports

Specialised individual therapy for early childhood

Individual specialist interventions to assist a child with disability or developmental delay and their family in home, care, community and education settings.

Multidisciplinary Team Intervention

This support item enables a coordinated multidisciplinary approach to be delivered to participants beyond the age covered by the Early Childhood Early Intervention approach. All team members will claim against a single support item, thereby increasing flexibility in service delivery to reflect the changing needs of a participant.

Individual counselling

Facilitating self-knowledge, emotional acceptance and growth and the optimal development of personal resources on a one to one basis. Assist participants to work towards their personal goals and gain greater insight into their lives.

Support Coordination

There are three different levels of Support Coordination

Support Connection 

Time limited assistance to strengthen participant’s ability to connect with informal, mainstream and funded supports, and to increase capacity to maintain support relationships, resolve service delivery issues, and participate independently in NDIA processes.

One of the ways this is achieved is through Local Area Coordination (LAC). LACs are Partners of the NDIA that operate at a local community level, enabling the NDIS to be implemented with consideration of issues within local communities.

Harper Psychology provides the next two levels of Support Coordination

Support Coordination

Assistance to strengthen participant’s abilities to connect to and coordinate informal, mainstream and funded supports in a complex service delivery environment. This includes resolving points of crisis, developing capacity and resilience in a participant's network and coordinating supports from a range of sources

                  Specialist Support Coordination                  

The provision of Support Coordination within a specialist framework necessitated by specific high level risks in the participant’s situation (e.g. behaviours of concern, concern in regards to carer/disability support worker behaviour, lack of involvement in the community or activities, sleep hygiene, school based behaviours that puts the participant at risk of non participation, employment related concerns etc).

 This support is time limited and focuses on addressing barriers and reducing complexity in the support environment, while assisting the participant to connect with supports and build capacity and resilience. It may also involve development of an intervention or behaviour support plan that will be overseen by a psychologist and carried out by disability support workers.

taken from the NDIS Pricing Guidelines 2017/18.

   You can contact us about any of the above services and
 Harper Psychology will develop a tailored service agreement for you


After quite a few enquiries from parents looking to obtain support for their children I thought I'd post a quick outline about how to start looking for funding from the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

-First,  definitely have a look at what you need to start https://www.ndis.gov.au/participants.html
as well as speak to others who have obtained funding. The first page for participants is here:

-There are many agencies out there who can help you with your planning. They do cost but are often worth the money.

-Some agencies hold NDIS information sessions - you will need to look at their websites to see when these are.

-Some agencies will charge you to do a quote for your plan. Others do not charge. You'll need to access their websites or call to find out.

-NDIS also hold Webinars to help you on your way. Check out their Webinar page

-There is also a past resource page here:

-Put a search term in the top right hand box on the NDIS webpage to find topics like this:

- You can have a self managed plan or an agency managed plan. Self managed provides more freedom for you to pick and choose how to use your funding. Agency managed allows you to have an agency manage your funding for you but is less flexible.

Above all be prepared! Gather ALL the information you can BEFORE you apply. You should also know that NDIS will not fund Educational Services and Items as this is the domain of the Department for Education and Childhood Development. The NDIS are often not very clear on what these things are, but for example, if your child has transitional issues at school or finds it difficult making friends, they may receive funding support for this but may not receive funding for an iPad to help them how to spell. The guidelines here are very blurry so you'll need to speak with an advisor about such things.

Good luck!!

Andrea Harper

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