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Government pledges to remove young people from nursing homes

The federal government will help young people with disability in aged care facilities to move into homes of their choosing, as part of a new national action plan. The government aims to get all people under 45 who wish to leave aged care homes into alternative, age-appropriate housing by 2022, while removing all those under 65 by 2025.

NDIS denies deaf man $10k for hearing aid upgrade, grants him $15k for coffee and social outings

The letter from the NDIS outlines that the funding for core supports can be used to “explore and participate in community-based activities of interest and to develop, build and maintain friendship, for example, a person to support you to participate in social and community activities”. “But we didn’t ask for that funding; we only asked for up to $10,000 for the upgrade of the speech processor,” she said.

Royal commission into disability abuse was a decade in the making, but the time is ripe for change

But some in the sector would say the atrocities against people with a disability date back well before the 1983 Richmond Report recommended the closing of institutions that locked such people away from the gaze of society. For those who thought the closing of institutions was a panacea, a cure-all for the abuse of vulnerable people, they have been proven wrong time and time again.

Disability advocates gear up to fight for more than the NDIS

Australia’s disability policy beyond 2020 must focus on more than the National Disability Insurance Scheme and actually be implemented, advocates say in the lead up to a community consultation period to shape policy for the next 10 years.

Advocacy groups struggle amid growing NDIS waiting lists

Advocacy services are being swamped with people needing help appealing their National Disability Insurance Scheme plans, disability groups have warned in the wake of new funding to the sector.

Supporting NDIS participants’ interpersonal relationships

This body of evidence indicates that effective policy implementation requires strong recognition of the importance of relationships to achieve policy outcomes – even in a system focused on individual choice and control. In other words, relationships matter, particularly for the success of a scheme like the NDIS.

National Disability Strategy is ‘piecemeal’ rather than strategic

The National Disability Strategy (NDS) has important goals but it isn’t addressing the issue of violence and it is being overshadowed by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), a report by UNSW Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) has found.

Members of the NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation Reference Group announced

“The purpose of the SDA reference group is to represent participants, providers, investors and other key stakeholders, and to support and promote the development of the SDA market as we implement reforms announced in February, improving choice and control for participants.

NDIA’s Geelong headquarters open

THE latest addition to central Geelong’s skyline and economy is officially open, with the headquarters for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) now up and running. The NDIA is the agency responsible for administering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the headquarters leads by example when it comes to accessibility, including wider access to accommodate wheelchairs and scooters, self-opening and closing doors to cater for staff with varying abilities, integrated braille signage, meeting rooms with hearing loops and kitchens with accessible sinks.

$6.5 million to improve advocacy for NDIS participants

“This increased funding for advocacy services will support people with disability and help deliver National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) decisions that are fair and robust,” Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher said. “While the focus of NDIS Appeals is advocacy support, funding for legal services is available for cases with complex legal issues, or where the applicant does not have the capacity to self-represent.”

Given that the NDIS rollout commenced more than five years ago, now should be a better time than any to examine if the current administration is handling the rollout effectively, especially since it is election campaign time. There are now NDIS clients and carers that have lived with this scheme for several years and their stories should be heard in relation to the future development of NDIS, with respect to the scheme’s original intentions of universal coverage. This is especially important since there are now accounts of people being turned away from the NDIS with new guidelines suggesting some likely applicants are not “disabled enough” to access it. This should really be a national scandal, but it is not.

New prison unit completes health and wellbeing hub

A new 48-bed unit for women prisoners with complex needs will open at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC) today, completing a Mental Health and Wellbeing Precinct worth more than $40 million. the opening of the Rosewood Unit provides for women with complex needs which may include intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and acquired brain injuries.

Leadership that transcends an organisation

Leadership is one of those strange things. There are many books dedicated to trying to define it but its features are so diverse that it is nearly impossible for anyone to agree on a definition. Despite that, when you see it, you can’t help but to instantly recognise it.