Gympie well and truly ready for roll-out of Disability Care
FAMILIES of people with a disability will be better supported once a transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme is fully implemented.
Cooloola Human Services Network launched the final Gympie Region NDIS Transition Project report this week, which aims to assist people in the Gympie region prepare for the transition into the national insurance scheme.
The project, one of 73 Practical Design Fund projects across Australia, was the result of talks between local About Freedom representative Fiona Green and people with disabilities and their families during February and March and is a collation of practical ideas on how to best work the scheme in rural Australia.
"We are particularly focussed on ways the scheme could enhance people's choice and control over services and supports in rural Queensland," Ms Green said.
"Our findings are directly transferable to other parts of regional and rural Australia.
"We received some great practical suggestions for local neighbourhood responses which will particularly assist families in small rural and isolated communities," she said.
"People in the Gympie region are well and truly ready for the roll-out of Disability Care.
"It will make such a difference to so many people's lives," Ms Green said.
She said a number of recommendations were aimed at assisting service providers to enhance their service delivery and indigenous elders contributed "excellent" ideas on how to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to make better use of the NDIS than the system currently in place.
Last week Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announced that the NDIS would be fully implemented in Queensland by mid-2019.
The report will also be presented at a national NDIS conference in Melbourne in June.