Report says NDIS at risk of failing

Almost three quarters of NDIS service providers do not think the NDIS is working well, according to a report which says the scheme is at risk of failing to deliver on its “great promise” to Australians with disability. The 2018 State of the Disability Sector Report, which surveyed 626 providers around Australia, reflects growing levels of uncertainty about the current environment.

Letter from DSC to disability support providers

This electronic letter was sent by Arthur Rogers, the Disability Services Commissioner, on 21 November 2018  to Victorian disability service providers regarding systemic issues arising from the review of disability service provision to people who have died.

State of the Disability Sector Report 2018

The report finds that while disability service providers remain committed to the NDIS, the majority (73 per cent) believe its systems and processes need urgent improvement

Empowering people with disabilities, without exploiting support workers

In this lecture  Professor Tom Shakespeare –  a leading disability expert in the UK and Europe, talks about how new models of social care can facilitate greater flexibility and freedom and empower people with disability, while also present new risks to workers, as support work becomes increasingly insecure.

The Lowdown On Restrictive Practices

The NDIA requires that the delivery of specialist behaviour support services and use of restrictive practices must only be undertaken by registered NDIS providers and specialist behaviour support funding must be managed by the NDIA. As we know, the NDIA, will only purchase supports from registered providers. So, what about other supports? Is it possible to self-manage part of the funding?

Understanding Abuse Learning Bites

The ‘Understanding Abuse’ Learning Bites are 3-5 minute videos addressing eight life areas. They can be used to promote discussion and personal reflection by support workers. Each Learning Bite has a printable worksheet to be completed and signed off by the supervisor.

Supporting People Ineligible for the NDIS

Troublingly, estimates show that only 89% of people with disability in Australia will be eligible for the NDIS. Sara explores how providers can support people who find themselves ineligible but still very much in need of support.

Campaign finally brings respite for Whittlesea

The South Morang centre opened earlier this month, bringing a close to a five-year campaign for an adult respite service in Whittlesea led by the council, Whittlesea Disability Network and local advocate group Respite Alliance Whittlesea (RAW).

Improving the ethics of disability care

The Victorian government on Wednesday announced $1 million funding to develop a new NDIS vocational training program, focusing on ethics, abuse and power – led by the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) in partnership with RMIT University and the Future Social Service Institute (FSSI). FSSI director David Hayward said he wanted ethics training in the curriculum from day one, and not just as an “optional extra”. He said currently ethics training was “hidden under” the competency based certificate. 

Virtual reality training to revolutionise disability support sector

The VR learning prototype offers support staff the opportunity to experience and learn about possible high risk situations in a safe and realistic way. The organisation embarked on developing the prototype in July 2017, after receiving $200,000 from the National Disability Services (NDS) Innovative Workforce Fund.

Transfer of disability accommodation and respite services

August 2018, the Victorian Government announced it will transfer government operated disability accommodation (also known as Supported Independent Living) and respite (Short Term Accommodation and Assistance) services to five not-for-profit providers.