National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Sessions happening in the Limestone Coast

In Penola and Millicent

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Sessions happening in the Limestone Coast

The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to adults in the Limestone Coast started this week from October 1st. 

 

The NDIS is the most significant economic and social reform since the introduction of Medicare in the 1970’s, and the Wattle Range Council is helping to get the message out about this change.  Council is providing resources to enable NDIS information sessions for members of the community to learn about the Scheme, which is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia.

 

NDIS sessions will be run in Penola and Millicent in the coming weeks. Community Information sessions will provide general information about the NDIS and how it works, who is eligible and what kind of support can be accessed through the NDIS.

 

There will also be ‘My NDIS Pathway’ sessions held in both locations, which is more detailed information for people with disability, families and carers to help them with information about accessing the NDIS, understanding what may be included in an NDIS plan and preparing for their first planning conversation.

 

John Shaw Neilson Gallery, 27 Arthur Street Penola

Thursday, 12 October 2017

10:30 am - 12 noon

Community Information Session

 

1:00 - 3:00 pm

My NDIS Pathway

Civic & Arts Centre Supper Room, Ridge Terrace Millicent

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

10:30 am - 12 noon

Community Information Session

 

1:00 - 3:00 pm

My NDIS Pathway

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

10:30 am - 12 noon

Community Information Session

 

1:00 - 3:00 pm

My NDIS Pathway

 

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Community Information Session

 

Interested persons can register their attendance at these FREE events by visiting www.ndis.gov.au/news/events/sa or phoning 0475 960 160.

Key Messages

  • The NDIS is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia.
  • The NDIS will provide 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life. This may include personal care and support, access to the community, therapy services and essential equipment.
  • The NDIS is being gradually rolled out across Australia over three years (2016-2019) to ensure it is successful and sustainable.
  • The NDIS is the most significant economic and social reform since the introduction of Medicare in the 1970’s.
  • The transition phase is a unique period for the NDIS as there is a large number of people joining the Scheme over a short period of time.
  • While the NDIS has faced challenges, as any transformational reform of this size will, the NDIA is committed to continuous improvement as the Scheme grows.
  • Existing Commonwealth and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible people start to receive supports from the NDIS.
  • Now is the time to get ready. Visit ndis.gov.au to find out how people with disability, their families and carers, providers and the community can get NDIS Ready.

What is the NDIS?

  • The NDIS is the new way of providing support to Australians with disability, their families and carers.
  • The NDIS will provide all Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.
  • Reasonable and necessary supports will help people with disability achieve their goals, including independence, community involvement, education, employment and health and wellbeing.
  • By 2019, the NDIS will support about 460,000 Australians with disability.
  • The NDIS also provides people with disability, their family and carers with information and referrals to existing support services in the community.

 

Who benefits from the NDIS?

  • The NDIS is here for every Australian under 65with a permanent impairment that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities, no matter how they acquired their disability.
  • And for all Australians there is the knowledge that the NDIS will be there if they, or their children or grandchildren need it.

 

Why do we need the NDIS?

  • The NDIS replaces a disability system that was unfair and inefficient with a new, national system that is world-leading, equitable and sustainable.
  • People with disability have the same right as all other Australians to have choice and control over their lives.
  • Prior to the introduction of the NDIS, many Australians with disability did not have this. Instead many received standard support often based on where they lived and how they acquired their disability.
  • The NDIS recognises that everyone’s needs and goals are different. It provides people with individualised support and the flexibility to manage their supports to help them achieve their goals and live an ordinary life.

 

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