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Better off NDIS participants receive more funding on average

This revelation seems to be consistent across all age groups, however, one peak body says that, unfortunately, this has been the case for a while and is not new information, it has only now been recognised by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

Domestic violence services need training in disability access, say advocates

About 47% of adults with disability have experienced violence, yet the lack of accessible and inclusive services makes escaping violence extremely difficult for women with disability. Researcher within the Disability Health Unit, at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Jen Hargrave, says this problem is unfortunately common for people with disability. 

Preventing Support Coordination burnout

This change has alarmed me, though it really shouldn’t, and after much thinking and talking with my colleagues, I’ve decided that SCs on the ground probably have a lifespan of three or four years or so before burnout sets in.  The refrain is *always* the same – “I. Just. Can’t. Deal. With. NDIS. Anymore.”

Disability agency’s labour hire criticised

“These agencies need to be properly funded and resourced and with a proportionate increase to permanent staffing.” She also said “unworkable” performance targets and insecure work created a high staff turnover, which sent money and time spent training people down the drain.

Vaccine rollout reveals limitations in our definition of ‘priority’

Even as I walked into my appointment, with my eligibility letter gripped tightly in my fist, I felt like a fraud. Worried they’d call me out for finding a work-related loophole into a life-saving vaccine that I wasn’t allowed for the life-saving reasons.

What has changed since the tragic death of Ann Marie Smith?

Ms Smith’s death sparked numerous investigations and reviews, including by police, the state government and the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. The NDIS Commission’s independent investigation led to 10 recommendations, including that vulnerable NDIS participants should have multiple carers.

Extended crackdown on NDIS fraud

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is extending the NDIS Fraud Taskforce to crack down on dodgy providers and ensure participants get the supports they need.  Minister for the NDIS, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC today announced the Taskforce will be extended indefinitely to protect the integrity of the Scheme and the participants it supports.

Government still doesn’t know how many Australians with disability contracted Covid

Prof Anne Kavanagh, a University of Melbourne academic, said 18 months into the pandemic “we still don’t know how many people with disability have had Covid-19 nor how many have died”.  “Last year the commonwealth government did report cases among NDIS participants but that data didn’t include the 4 million disabled Australians who are not NDIS participants,” she said.

How Young Disability Activists Are Using TikTok To Make A Difference

“We grow up learning that ‘disabled’ is a bad thing. It’s something you don’t want to be, that to call yourself that is somehow defeatist, that you should be trying to overcome it rather than embracing it,” Britt says. “And so I think it’s really, really cool to have people sharing the things that they love about being disabled or celebrating their bodies or talking about the unique perspectives that it gives them on the world.”

The NDIS stories in our Bendigo region | online magazine

Work is ongoing to better support National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants to take control of the decisions that impact them, and you can see from the great stories in our magazine that the old saying, “No man is an island”, is so true, as we all need a hand now and again.

Not all Assessments are Made Equal

Whether you are a Support Coordinator, a Team Leader, or a Support Worker, we’re pretty sure you’ve heard about an NDIS Participant recently wanting, needing, or having an Occupational Therapy (OT) Functional Assessment (FA). There’s also a good chance that you may have heard some people use the term “Functional Assessment” interchangeably with the recently cancelled NDIS “Independent Assessment” plan. They are definitely not the same thing, and below we explore how FAs are different from the abandoned IAs and what OT FAs are all about.