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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.

Measuring life skills as related to mental illness





1. Does this person generally have any difficulty with initiating and responding to conversation?

No difficulty

Slight difficulty

Moderate difficulty

Extreme difficulty

2. Does this person generally withdraw from social contact?

Does not withdraw at all

Withdraws slightly

Withdraws moderately

Withdraws totally or near totally

3. Does this person generally show warmth to others?

Considerable warmth

Moderate warmth

Slight warmth

No warmth at all

4. Is this person generally well groomed (e.g. neatly dressed, hair combed)?

Well groomed

Moderately well groomed

Poorly groomed

Extremely poorly groomed

5. Does this person wear clean clothes generally or ensure that they are cleaned if dirty?

Maintains cleanliness of clothes

Moderate cleanliness of clothes

Poor cleanliness of clothes

Very poor cleanliness of clothes

6. Does this person generally neglect her or his physical health?

No neglect

Slight neglect of physical problems

Moderate neglect of physical problems

Extreme neglect of physical problems

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

Friendships made or kept up with slight difficulty

Friendships made or kept up with considerable difficulty

No friendships made or none kept

9. Does this person generally maintain an adequate diet?

No problem

Slight problem

Moderate problem

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?

Reliable with medication

Slightly unreliable

Moderately unreliable

Extremely unreliable

11. Is this person willing to take psychiatric medication when prescribed by a doctor?





12. Does this person co-operate with health services (e.g. doctors and/or other health workers)?





13. Does this person generally have problems (e.g. friction, avoidance) living with others in the household?

No obvious problem

Slight problems

Moderate problems

Extreme problems

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

Capable of part time work

Capable only of sheltered work

Totally incapable of work