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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

News, commentary and resources related to the NDIS (7)

Making the most of the NDIS - Opportunities and Challenges for people with disability and families 
A free Resourcing Families event  for people with disability and their families. Dr Michael Kendrick will speak about how Australia can learn from international experiences of individualised funding. 
13th November 2013, Sydney.

NDIS News Issue 3, September 2013
The first issue of NDIS News under the new Coalition Government gives notice that the name DisabilityCare has already reverted to NDIS, among other news.

Disability agency manages name changes
SBS News/AAP, 25th September 2013
The federal government is looking to save money as it changes the name of the agency in charge of the national disability insurance scheme.

Fifield in position to act for disability
Dr George Taleporos, Ramp Up, 23rd September 2013
Last week, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Senator Mitch Fifield as the Assistant Minister responsible for disability and carers in his new ministry. Dr George Taleporos spoke with the man who is tasked with fulfilling the Coalition's promise to fully implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme and advancing the opportunities of people with disabilities.

Stella Young, Ramp Up, 19th September 2013
Given Australia's lacklustre record and the number of people relying on improvement, let's hope we don't rue the abolition of a dedicated minister for disability reform ... Awaiting the announcement of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's new Cabinet appointments earlier this week, there was one question on my mind: Would Senator Mitch Fifield be our new minister for disability reform? I was hopeful. In his role as shadow minister for disabilities, carers and the voluntary sector, Fifield was a tireless champion ... (and) he understands that disability reform isn't just about the NDIS; it's about education, employment, infrastructure and inclusion in all aspects of Australian life.

A Personalised Approach to Safeguards in the NDIS
Marita Walker, Kate Fulton and Bruce Bonyhady, Centre for Welfare Reform, March 2013
This discussion paper is the result of work led by the Safeguards and Quality Assurance Expert Group as part of the NDIS implementation groups. It draws together current thinking around capital building for all citizens and empowering safeguarding in the context of the emerging NDIS.

Equal but differentEl Gibbs, Overland 212, Spring 2013
But what will DisabilityCare really do? Or, more to the point, what will it do differently? At the heart of the new scheme is an anachronistic concept of disability support that – while still providing benefits for individuals – may hinder future attempts to tackle the wider social exclusion of people with disabilities ...

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