Thursday, 25 May 2017

News and commentary on the NDIS (68)

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NDIS Guides for Physicians and Paediatricians
Royal Australian College of Physicians
The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across Australia will change the disability interface with existing sectors, including health. The RACP's NDIS Guides are a resource for physicians, paediatricians and other health professionals to access practical information that can help them navigate the scheme, and support their patients ...
Can the NDIS deliver?
Helen Dickinson, Pursuit, University of Melbourne, 23 May 2017
... Recently, Australia was ranked last in an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) study of quality of life of people with disabilities, and with the significantly worse outcomes experienced by people with disabilities, the NDIS is a welcome reform. 
We recently embarked on a research project, funded by the University of Melbourne’s Social Equity Institute, to explore the degree to which the NDIS is achieving its aims and objectives from the perspective of people with disability using these services ...

National ILC Grant Success
Down Syndrome Australia, 23 May 2017
Down Syndrome Australia is pleased to announce that we were successful in the recent ILC National Grant round on behalf of the Down Syndrome Australia Federation. 
This grant will allow DSA to develop a national Toolkit to provide information to schools, employers, community organisations and others to build capacity in mainstream organisations. It will further compliment the Jurisdictional ILC Grant won previously, which included funding for resources that will be targeted more for people with Down syndrome and their families. 
We are thrilled for this new opportunity and look forward to working across the Down Syndrome Australia Federation to deliver these important projects over the next 12 months.

In addition, some of the national ILC grants awarded to other organisations, will also benefit people with intellectual disability quite broadly by helping to make mainstream services and communities generally more inclusive.

Federal budget 2017: The people (mostly women) the NDIS forgot
Jenna Price, Sydney Morning Herald, 23 May 2017
... "The focus on the national disability insurance scheme is clearly important for those who receive funding through the scheme – but that's not everyone. And the mere mention of the NDIS makes everyone think that all issues around disability are sorted" ...
Gabrielle Chan, The Guardian, 15 May 2017
Disability groups have warned Labor it would be a shame to create a political fight over the Turnbull government’s plan to increase the Medicare levy to fully fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme ...

Is NDIS really as scary as people say it is?
Lochlan and Tanya Rogers, Every Australian Counts, 9 May 2017
... Why are people fighting the NDIS? It’s time to embrace the NDIS. 
Yes the process was always going to be hard, yes you still have to fight for what your child might need, but let’s keep it real. The process is challenging, it needs to be to enable the correct people to access the support. We need to make sure we are getting value for the money we receive. 
But most importantly we need to stop fighting the NDIS and stop scaring people away from the NDIS ...

Cheryl McDonnell, InCharge, 3 January 2017
... The NDIS won’t pay for your groceries, but they will pay for a support person to take you shopping if that is a support that you need. 
Think of the things that any non-disabled person pays for themselves, these are the things that NDIS does not pay. Belonging to a club or sport, registration for these or uniform and basic equipment are all costs a non-disabled person pays for themselves ...

How will the NDIS change Australian cities?
Ilan Wiesel, Carolyn Whitzman, Christine Bigby and Brendan Gleeson, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, March 2017
People with disability represent a fifth of the Australian population (AIHW 2015), and this proportion is expected to increase with population ageing. With the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) being progressively rolled out across Australia, this is a particularly appropriate time for the Australian urban research agenda to engage with disability in more meaningful ways ...

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