The NDIS meal providers has been an enormous success. It has been built on the foundation of user-centred design, with a commitment to social inclusion, participation, equal opportunity and quality principles. This has helped ensure that it meets its objectives of inclusivity and sustainability.
Since its inception, 1.1 million Australians have participated in the scheme. Over half of all participants currently live at home with family members or friends, join through this pathway, and have other support needs.
NDIS Meal Providers Legal Requirement
By law, NDIS meal providers must provide a meal at least once a week, between 6 am and 8 pm. Your provider can choose where they provide their meals and when it takes place within their business hours as long as they do not exceed 10 hours on any given day (i.e., Monday through Friday).
- Look up their contact details online.
- Search for them on social media.
- Search their name on the internet and see if you can find a website with more information about them.
- Check out the local directory to see if they have an office location in your area of interest.
Some of the most common types include registered dietitians, nutrition assistants and contracted dieticians/dietary therapists. Other types include parents and grandparents who provide meals for children with special needs, families who cook from scratch in their own homes, and people who work from home or have other flexible schedules (such as those on leave).
The most common NDIS meal providers are registered dietitians. They have a degree in nutrition. They have two levels of registration: diploma level 1 and diploma level 2. Diploma 1 is designed for professionals working in home care, community health services and schools; diploma 2 is designed for students interested in this career path.
Authorised nutrition assistants are registered dietitians who can provide meals for people with intellectual disabilities who need help eating.
These individuals work under supervision and have access to another registered dietitian on-site at all times if an issue needs attention. They also receive ongoing training so they’re able to provide accurate information about food options, portion sizes and meal preparation techniques – which can make a big difference when it comes time to feed someone new!
Contracted dieticians can provide nutritional advice based on their clinical experience and knowledge of clients’ needs.
Dietary therapists have a master’s degree in nutrition and food science, which allows them to help clients maintain a healthy weight while they learn how to eat well on their own. They also have additional training to assist individuals with disabilities, such as cognitive disabilities or autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
When you’re looking for a meal provider, ask the following questions:
- What contact information do you need? You can call or email the provider’s office to get an appointment. You may book an appointment with the provider and ask for their email address so you can write down what kind of service they offer and how much it costs.
- What phone number do you need? Most providers have websites that list all their services and prices. If not, ask them directly by phone or email when making plans with them; they should be able to give some general guidelines and other specifics such as hours of operation, etcetera.