Participants on the NDIS could ask for plans to be extended up to three years amid changes to the troubled scheme. Recently, Federal NDIS minister Stuart Robert has announced changes including allowing people to lengthen plans from one to up to three years. "A longer plan duration means participants can carry on accessing supports without needing to go through frequent plan reviews and can plan for longer term goals," he said. Optional three year plans will best for participa
In a recent statement Australian Unity has confirmed that it will scale down its NDIS services over the next 12 months. At least 3,000 NDIS recipients from regional NSW and Victoria will have to find new care providers as a result of this decision. Australian Unity confirmed that the decision was a consequence of the financial pressures facing NDIS providers. A spokesperson confirmed that this decision was vital in ensuring that Australian Unity continues to provide high stan
A new short course is now available to assist all NDIS workers to better support people with disability.
The Worker Orientation Module: ‘Quality, Safety and You’ is a free, interactive online short course that explains the obligations of workers under the NDIS Code of Conduct from the perspective of NDIS participants. It was developed in consultation with the sector, including NDIS providers and people with a disability.
It takes approximately 90 minutes to complete the f
The CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has resigned after less than two years in the job. Robert De Luca quit effective immediately to become CEO of community health organisation Zenitas Healthcare. His replacement will be appointed by the incoming government after the May 18 federal election, and Deputy CEO Vicki Rundle will act as CEO until then. "It has been a privilege to serve participants and to progress this important scheme of huge national signifi
Assistive Technology (AT) will be easy to replace under a simpler process set to benefit National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants. From April 2019, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will begin a pilot introducing a new process which will mean replacements for standard AT items will be quickly assessed without needing a full re-assessment, only requiring one quote for items valued between $1,500 and $15,000. Minister for Families and Social Servic
Some people with very high needs will require special accommodation that enables them to receive the supports they need. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) refers to this as Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). Participants who are assessed as needing SDA as part of their reasonable and necessary supports will receive funding to cover the costs of SDA. There are several different housing solutions and/or supports a participant must consider alongside their
Assistant Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services, Sarah Henderson, recently announced the commencement of the rollout of a new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Complex Support Needs Pathway. The new Complex Support Needs Pathway will provide specialised support for participants living with a disability who have many different challenges impacting on their lives such as mental health issues, incarceration or homelessness, and need a higher lev
The mental health sector and Quality Health Care is celebrating the announcement of a psycho-social stream for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The additional stream will employ specialised staff and planners and focus on the episodic nature of mental illness. We still believe there is a great deal more to be done especially for those who are still struggling to access the scheme in the first place. Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher announced the stream to coinc
Many of the residents that live in our Supported Independent Living services have had little opportunity to do the basic household tasks that we take for granted. Cooking and meal preparation are essential skills that we support all residents with. Preparing a recipe, buying the ingredients and learning to put them together to make a tasty meal is an essential life skill and Petra one of the residents at Holden Street has taken this skill one step further. We have our very ow
Specialist Disability Accommodation is housing that enables people with very high needs to receive the support they need. SDA will provide funding towards the cost of the physical environment for eligible NDIS participants to live and receive their daily supports. SDA homes may range from a purpose-built apartment in a mixed development through to a modified free-standing house. There are several different housing solutions and/or supports a participant must consider alongsid
Steven moved into one of our Supported Independent Living services eighteen months ago and in that time, he has taken some significant steps towards his dream of working as a mechanic, restoring classic cars. Steven has always been interested in fixing things and from an early age, he has had the ability to put things back together that had become broken. Steven’s mother Janice shared that Steven was always fixing old lamps, kettles and any old bits of kitchen equipment at ho
The NDIS Quarterly Report for 1 April 2018 to 30 June 2018 shows that 183,965 Australians were now benefitting from the NDIS, an increase of 13 per cent on last quarter. While the NDIS is now fully operational in all regions of New South Wales, South Australia and Australian Capital Territory, the report noted that delivering on the speed of roll-out outlined in the bilateral agreements had been “challenging”. The Report shows the positive impact the NDIS is having on people’
At Quality Health Care our Supported Independent Living services offer much more than support, we also provide a home were residents can feel safe and pursue individual goals and dreams. Believe is one of newest homes and the residents have really taken to creating and tending a vegetable garden that offers more than food it also provides nourishment and is a place to relax and chill with friends. The residents at Believe have begun to reap the rewards of their communal garde