NB: The information provided on this page is not intended to be a concise guideline for NDIS applications. It does not replace the information provided by the NDIS/NDIA and does not reflect their opinion in any way. It is purely provided to help people living with CRPS understand how CRPS impacts an application for the NDIS and offers advice on what may be helpful in an application.
To qualify for the NDIS your condition must be considered to be permanent and stable as well as a disability that significantly impacts on your ability to perform normal activities of daily living.
A condition is considered permanent if it has been:
fully diagnosed by a qualified medical practitioner,
fully stabilised; and
given all available evidence, is more likely than not to persist for longer than 2 years.
You must be considered SIGNIFICANTLY disabled.
The NDIS is only designed to support the most severely disabled members of our society. Nearly 5,000,000 Australians are disabled. Only 560,000 of those will qualify for the NDIS.
Other supports are available through State and local government areas.
You can test your eligibility here:
The impact of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome on your application.
CRPS itself is NOT a disability. CRPS can cause you to become disabled. You cannot qualify for the NDIS simply because you have CRPS.
The NDIA (the body which assesses applications) concentrate on disabilities (or impairments) when you apply.
Pain is not taken into consideration. Pain is not an impairment in the context of an application to the NDIA. Pain is a symptom of our neurological condition – it is not a disability. Allodynia as a dysfunction of the skin is an impairment however. Allodynia can case a ‘mild, moderate or severe dysfunction of the skin.’ Allodynia can cause you not to be able to touch or pick up objects, or not to be able to put a foot to the floor etc. i.e.
“[name] has a severe functional disability on activities requiring healthy, undamaged skin. They suffer with severe allodynia which impacts severely on their ability to perform activities with their hands and lower limbs. They are unable to wear clothing or footwear due to their severe degree of allodynia and they require a bed cradle and supports to ensure that their feet do not touch their bedding at nighttime and mobilisation with a wheelchair due to being unable to touch the floor with their feet.”
We suggest that you use the Social Security Impairment Tables to find other impairments that apply to you and use these tables to have your reports written. You can find the table here: