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Monday, 30 May 2011

NSW needs an NDIS: delayed report on services released

The NSW Government has released a report by Pricewaterhouse Coopers into disability services that they say argues the case for a National Disability Insurance Scheme. Alexamandra Smith, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald today reports that Report reveals burden on carers to hit crisis point:

... The Disability Minister, Andrew Constance, said the report demonstrated the ''enormity of the challenge'' ahead. ''What we are seeing is families being put in crisis situations … some 70 families last year had to make the heart-wrenching decision to take the support for their loved ones out of their family unit,'' he said.

Mr Constance said he would ''campaign aggressively'' for a national overhaul of disability insurance, which would cover the cost of care and medical treatment for people with a disability.

The Productivity Commission in February released a draft report proposing the overhaul of disability insurance in Australia.

''We have to be honest about this. The state system is broken. It isn't meeting the needs of families, carers and people with disability across this state,'' Mr Constance said." ... read the full report online here

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