Amcal pharmacy will become Leeton's newest National Disability Insurance Scheme provider.
The pharmacy will be the first in Leeton to offer NDIS customers support items including hearing aids and scheduled medications.
The NDIS is run by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) which brings government, industry and community together to ensure that the challenges that individuals living with disabilities are met with support from mainstream services in the fields of education, transport and health.
TJ Patel, owner of both Amcal and Leeton Discount Chemist, said that he was thrilled to start offering this service at the Amcal Pharmacy.
"We are here to help you achieve what you want to achieve," Mr Patel said.
He noted that many NDIS participants were not aware of the local funds available that they could tap into and use to access subsidised or free items that were necessary to maintaining a comfortable and healthy lifestyle.
According to the NDIS Demand Map, the expected annual demand for services in Leeton by 2023 is between $6.7 million and $17.95million, all of which NDIS participants in the Leeton Shire and surrounds can tap into.
"I think it is really important for people to get themselves educated on the funding available," Mr Patel said.
"Educate yourself on who can help and what funding and services you can access."
Even though Amcal Pharmacy has only recently become a NDIS provider, the demand has been high.
All participants in the scheme need to do is go to the pharmacy with the NDIS card, or card number and ask a friendly member of staff to apply that number to their purchase of consumables, support items and scheduled medications.
The staff member will then check the individuals plan and see what funding they are able to tap into. This means that these items, depending on the NDIA plan, will be subsidised or potentially free of charge and paid for by the government.
"If no one knows that this money is here for them then they miss out on a really great service. I want people in need in the community to really take advantage of this," Mr Patel said.
Going forward, Mr Patel hopes to liaise with other NDIS providers across the Leeton Shire to make it easier and more efficient for participants to fully utilise all of the services and funding the NDIS can provide those living with a disability.
More information regarding NDIS funding available in Leeton is available at https://blcw.dss.gov.au/demandmap/
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