I can measure life skills as related to mental illness

In order to be eligible for the NDIS, you need to show you have substantially reduced functional capacity. The Life Skills Profile, or LSP-16, is a tool used by the NDIA to measure functional capacity.

You will see that the LSP-16 is for a support worker to fill in and the NDIA prefer it to be completed by someone who has done training. Even if your support worker hasn’t done the training, it is useful for them fill in.

This tool will help you to better understand how your mental health impacts your day-to-day life, and whether the impact is substantial enough for you to be eligible for the NDIS.

Some of the questions are quite confronting, so it is good to have someone with you when you read back through your support worker’s responses.

Other tools that can help include the WHO Disability Assessment Schedule (WHODAS). More details on these tools can be found in Project This should read: Embark’s resource I Can Help People Join the NDIS.

To answer these questions, your support worker should think about how you have been in the past three months.

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1. Does this person generally have any difficulty with initiating and responding to conversation?
No difficulty
2. Does this person generally withdraw from social contact?
Does not withdraw at all
3. Does this person generally show warmth to others?
Considerable warmth
4. Is this person generally well groomed (e.g. neatly dressed, hair combed)?
Well groomed
5. Does this person wear clean clothes generally or ensure that they are cleaned if dirty?
Maintains cleanliness of clothes
6. Does this person generally neglect her or his physical health?
No neglect
7. Is this person violent to others?
Not at all
8. Does this person generally make and/or keep up friendships?
Friendships made or kept up well
9. Does this person generally maintain an adequate diet?
No problem
10. Does this person generally look after and take her or his own prescribed medication (or attend for prescribed injections on time) without reminding?
Reliable with medication
11. Is this person willing to take psychiatric medication when prescribed by a doctor?
Always
12. Does this person co-operate with health services (e.g. doctors and/or other health workers)?
Always
13. Does this person generally have problems (e.g. friction, avoidance) living with others in the household?
No obvious problem
14. Does this person behave offensively (includes sexual behaviour)
Not at all
15. Does this person behave irresponsibly?
Not at all
16. What sort of work is this person generally capable of (even if unemployed, retired or doing unpaid domestic duties)?
Capable of full time work
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1. Does this person generally have any difficulty with initiating and responding to conversation?
Slight difficulty
2. Does this person generally withdraw from social contact?
Withdraws slightly
3. Does this person generally show warmth to others?
Moderate warmth
4. Is this person generally well groomed (e.g. neatly dressed, hair combed)?
Moderately well groomed
5. Does this person wear clean clothes generally or ensure that they are cleaned if dirty?
Moderate cleanliness of clothes
6. Does this person generally neglect her or his physical health?
Slight neglect of physical problems
7. Is this person violent to others?
Rarely
8. Does this person generally make and/or keep up friendships?
Friendships made or kept up with slight difficulty
9. Does this person generally maintain an adequate diet?
Slight problem
10. Does this person generally look after and take her or his own prescribed medication (or attend for prescribed injections on time) without reminding?
Slightly unreliable
11. Is this person willing to take psychiatric medication when prescribed by a doctor?
Usually
12. Does this person co-operate with health services (e.g. doctors and/or other health workers)?
Usually
13. Does this person generally have problems (e.g. friction, avoidance) living with others in the household?
Slight problems
14. Does this person behave offensively (includes sexual behaviour)
Rarely
15. Does this person behave irresponsibly?
Rarely
16. What sort of work is this person generally capable of (even if unemployed, retired or doing unpaid domestic duties)?
Capable of part time work
2
1. Does this person generally have any difficulty with initiating and responding to conversation?
Moderate difficulty
2. Does this person generally withdraw from social contact?
Withdraws moderately
3. Does this person generally show warmth to others?
Slight warmth
4. Is this person generally well groomed (e.g. neatly dressed, hair combed)?
Poorly groomed
5. Does this person wear clean clothes generally or ensure that they are cleaned if dirty?
Poor cleanliness of clothes
6. Does this person generally neglect her or his physical health?
Moderate neglect of physical problems
7. Is this person violent to others?
Occasionally
8. Does this person generally make and/or keep up friendships?
Friendships made or kept up with considerable difficulty
9. Does this person generally maintain an adequate diet?
Moderate problem
10. Does this person generally look after and take her or his own prescribed medication (or attend for prescribed injections on time) without reminding?
Moderately unreliable
11. Is this person willing to take psychiatric medication when prescribed by a doctor?
Rarely
12. Does this person co-operate with health services (e.g. doctors and/or other health workers)?
Rarely
13. Does this person generally have problems (e.g. friction, avoidance) living with others in the household?
Moderate problems
14. Does this person behave offensively (includes sexual behaviour)
Occasionally
15. Does this person behave irresponsibly?
Occasionally
16. What sort of work is this person generally capable of (even if unemployed, retired or doing unpaid domestic duties)?
Capable only of sheltered work
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1. Does this person generally have any difficulty with initiating and responding to conversation?
Extreme difficulty
2. Does this person generally withdraw from social contact?
Withdraws totally or near totally
3. Does this person generally show warmth to others?
No warmth at all
4. Is this person generally well groomed (e.g. neatly dressed, hair combed)?
Extremely poorly groomed
5. Does this person wear clean clothes generally or ensure that they are cleaned if dirty?
Very poor cleanliness of clothes
6. Does this person generally neglect her or his physical health?
Extreme neglect of physical problems
7. Is this person violent to others?
Often
8. Does this person generally make and/or keep up friendships?
No friendships made or none kept
9. Does this person generally maintain an adequate diet?
Extreme problem
10. Does this person generally look after and take her or his own prescribed medication (or attend for prescribed injections on time) without reminding?
Extremely unreliable
11. Is this person willing to take psychiatric medication when prescribed by a doctor?
Never
12. Does this person co-operate with health services (e.g. doctors and/or other health workers)?
Never
13. Does this person generally have problems (e.g. friction, avoidance) living with others in the household?
Extreme problems
14. Does this person behave offensively (includes sexual behaviour)
Often
15. Does this person behave irresponsibly?
Often
16. What sort of work is this person generally capable of (even if unemployed, retired or doing unpaid domestic duties)?
Totally incapable of work