Fears are justified, says PWDA President

I spoke not in my capacity as President of People with Disability Australia, nor as a board member on any of the other boards that I sit on. I spoke as a disabled woman and a carer who, like many of us, has spent a lifetime battling disability and mainstream services and systems.

Vaccine delays anger disability service provider

The federal government’s given up putting a date on when all Australians will get their COVID-19 vaccination, as one of the nation’s largest disability service providers says not one of their residents has received a jab;

Hospital Ins & Outs for Support Coordinators

Hospital admissions for NDIS Participants can mean a challenging game of ‘who is doing what’ when considering the Support Coordination role, the Participant, the State- or Territory-funded health supports, and inpatient clinical teams.

Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System: Final Report

This report finds that Victoria’s mental health system operates in crisis mode, has “catastrophically failed to live up to expectations” and must be rebuilt. Demand has now overtaken the capacity of the system. Among the final report’s 65 recommendations, outlined in a mammoth five-volume report, are the phasing out of seclusion and restraints treatments over the next decade, and making compulsory treatments an option of last resort.

Support workers say information vacuum surrounds vaccinations

Many of the workers who’re caring for people with disability have been waiting for news about when they might be able to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Some say they’re worried they’re going to miss out because of what they describe as an “information vacuum”. It’s particularly a problem for the carers who are independent contractors … getting their work through Uber-style apps.. with limited contact with disability service providers.

Guideline on the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine

The administration of the COVID-19 vaccine is considered to be medical treatment under the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (MTPDA). In summary: If a person has decision-making capacity, they can consent to or refuse the COVID-19 vaccine. If they don’t have capacity, and there is no advance care directive, their medical treatment decision … Continued

NDIS: GPs’ role definition a step closer

Ongoing college advocacy for GPs to be involved in the planning, implementation and unending support for their patients accessing the NDIS has been recognised by the committee, with the report recommending that the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) investigate ways in which each participant’s plan could be shared – with their consent – with their GP.

Allied health Capability Framework: Disability and complex support needs

Allied health professionals play an important role in delivering the NDIS. The framework develops the skills and knowledge of allied health professionals to better provide high-quality, person-centred support that promotes choice and control for people with disability and complex support needs.

Resources to help GPs support patients to access the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is designed to help people living with a significant and permanent disability live their best life. GPs play a very important role in helping patients to determine potential eligibility by gathering the crucial information that provides the evidence base required to access supports through the Scheme. This co-designed suite of resources guides GPs in supporting their patients through the NDIS, or more easily identify if patients could be eligible to benefit from the Scheme.

Younger People in Residential Aged Care Strategy 2020-2025

The initiative includes $10.6m in the 2020-21 Budget for a national network of system coordinators to help younger people find age-appropriate accommodation and supports to allow them to live independently in the community. The Australian Government is committed to ensuring no younger person (under the age of 65) lives in residential aged care unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Understanding behaviour support arrangements

This webinar was held on 27 August 2020 as part of the ‘Embracing Change’ series and is now available on demand. It was designed to guide you through practical examples that will assist in understanding behaviour supports under the NDIS, including behaviour support requirements and practical tools.