John Vetter holding a copy of the Productivity Commission’s Issues
John Vetter holding a copy of the Productivity Commission’s Issues Contributed

Parents fight 'lucky dip' of rehab

GYMPIE parent John Vetter is happy the Queensland National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) included Gympie in its itinerary promotion of the campaign.

John and his wife Anne have a copy of the Australian Productivity Commission’s Public Inquiry’s Issues Paper into the proposed national disability insurance scheme.

They used the Paper to guide them with their own personal submission.

John told The Gympie Times that Australia’s approach to disability services was crisis driven, and that to be able to receive any assistance to encourage the one you love and care for to lead a full life (an “ordinary life”, like the one the rest of us take for granted) is much like winning a lucky dip.

It depends on how badly you can write up the skills (personal, social etc) of the person you love as to whether financial assistance is forthcoming, John said.

“Our 17-year-old son graduates from the local special school at the end of next year, and we will not know until October of the following year if he’s been fortunate to ‘win’ a Queensland Government financial package.

“If he should be one of the few lucky winners in this geographical location it will entitle him to probably 2.5 days per week of assistance to lead that ‘ordinary life’ of community and/or employment inclusion the rest of us are entitled to.

“A national insurance scheme would provide the necessary funds for essential care, necessary therapy(ies), home modifications, community, education and training access.

“Because of the view that disability can strike anyone with potentially catastrophic consequences if adequate support services are not in place, an insurance-based approach to disability services is the most logical format.

“Our country currently has 700,000 citizens who have been classed as having ‘profound and severe disabilities’, needing assistance with daily living tasks (self care, communication and mobility) and others with ‘more moderate’ disabilities.

“Imagine the ease of burden for them and their families if there was a national insurance scheme, to help with their rehabilitation costs.

“Our nation faces social chaos and economic burdens as an entire generation of ageing carers die, other carers and people with disabilities become increasingly isolated from the labour force and the community, and many more families collapse under the strain.”

A campaign forum was held in Gympie on Tuesday.

For more information, phone 3357 4188.

Gympie Times

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