Thursday, 4 May 2017

News and Commentary on the NDIS (67)

Dan Conifer, ABC News, 4 May 2017
Disability service providers are demanding urgent improvements to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as complaints mount about poor-quality plans ...

Don't play politics with the NDIS
Rachel Browne, Sydney Morning Herald (Editorial), 3 May 2017
The NDIS must be adequately - and sustainably - funded ... The overriding fear is that, despite all the good intentions behind the NDIS, problems with its implementation may result in something akin to a zero-sum game for Australia's most vulnerable people ... There is no doubt the NDIS must be adequately – and sustainably – funded. The cost of failure to deliver is far higher.


First Peoples: Living Our Way - A Conference for Aboriginal People Living with Disability
Tuesday 23 - Thursday 25 May 2017 - Wagga Wagga NSW
First Peoples Disability Network
First Peoples Disability Network is hosting a conference for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability to come and learn how you can engage with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and share your story. 
We will have a variety of guest speakers for you to hear how Aboriginal people with disability can be best supported in their journey for more choice and control with their service supports and life.
Registrations close Friday 19th May 2017.
NDIS reviews practices after lengthy delay in helping critically ill Queensland toddler
Robert Baird, ABC News, 28 April 2017
The National Disability Insurance Agency says it is reviewing its practices after a Queensland toddler with a life-threatening condition has waited more than five months for vital treatment ...


Success with ILC Grant
Down Syndrome Australia, 26 April 2017
Down Syndrome Australia is pleased to announce that we were successful in the recent ILC- ACT Jurisdictional grant round on behalf of the Down Syndrome Australia Federation.

DSA will address the need for ongoing access to resources, peer support and quality information by leading a consortium of State and Territory Down syndrome Organisations to deliver the Information for Life project. This Project will enable us to provide information and linkages to families in the ACT and to develop and deliver national resources. We are very excited about this new opportunity and look forward to working closely with our colleagues in the ACT and across the Down Syndrome federation to deliver this important project and achieve good outcomes for people with Down syndrome and their families.

Concern over speed of NDIS rollout in Indigenous communities, as NSW launches approach
Aimee Volkofsky and Declan Gooch, ABC News, 20 April 2017
A lobby group is calling for a slow down in the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Aboriginal communities, as its rollout looms in remote parts of NSW.

The NDIS will launch in many of the state's regional areas from July 1, and will see people with a disability able to receive funds directly to spend on services they choose.

The First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN) said it believed the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), which is behind the NDIS, has not done enough to ensure there is enough culturally-appropriate support for applicants ...


NDIA to appeal McGarrigle ruling as test case
NDIS.gov.au, 8 April 2017
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has carefully considered the Federal Court decision handed down on 28 March 2017 in relation to the case of Mr Liam McGarrigle.

Because this is effectively a test case with implications for the long-term financial sustainability of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the NDIA has decided to appeal the Federal Court decision to the Full Court and has lodged an appeal today.

While the NDIS was set up to be able to contribute to some of a participant’s transport costs, the NDIS Act specifically requires the NDIA to fund reasonable and necessary supports that “take into account what is reasonable to expect families, carers, informal networks and the community to provide” ...


NDIS hiccups are expected, as with any large-scale social reform
Helen Dickinson, The Conversation, 18 April 2017
... one of the problems with judging success and failure is that they often look the same part way through. We shouldn’t be surprised that such a huge reform process is encountering challenges in the implementation process and these issues don’t mean that the NDIS is failing overall ...

Down Syndrome Australia supports equal NDIS access for WA
17 April 2017
Down Syndrome Australia has written to the WA Minister for Disability Services advocating on behalf of Western Australians with Down syndrome to have equal access to the national disability scheme. Read the full text of DSA's letter here.

Warning: watch out for dodgy operators in NDIS
Clare Kermond, Sydney Morning Herald, 16 April 2017
Disability workers, unions and advocacy groups are raising the alarm over the likelihood that less experienced, less qualified staff, and even dodgy operators could pour into the sector under the National Disability Insurance Scheme ...


Disability Loop eNews Issue #34, 4 May 2017
Carers NSW
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