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Life Skills

I can measure

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