The number of people on the Sunshine Coast living with a disability, and who are entitled to government funding, is expected to double in the next few years under the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Sunshine Coast-based charity, 121 Care, will host a series of information sessions in March on what the introduction of the NDIS will mean for those on the Coast living with disabilities.
While the NDIS has been rolled out across much of Australia in the last 18 months, it will not come into effect on the Sunshine Coast until January 1, 2019. However, the evidence suggests that those who have access to quality information about the NDIS are able to make a smoother transition to the new system than those who do not.
The information sessions, to be held at libraries throughout the Sunshine Coast, will examine the ways in which the NDIS operates, eligibility for the new system and what the next steps are.
“There has been a lot of concern among with people with disabilities, their families and carers about what the introduction of the NDIS will mean for their funding,” 121 Care General Manager Kym Chomley said.
“It is likely though, that many more people will be eligible for long-term funding under the NDIS for the provision of support services. We have seen the NDIS rollout in other parts of Australia and we have seen what has worked well with the system and what clients need to be aware of.
“Like all things, the more information individuals have, the more empowered they can be.
“The Federal Government has given an undertaking that no individuals will be worse off financially under the NDIS. We want to ensure people on the Sunshine Coast living with a disability know how to enter into the NDIS and get the most out of it to ensure they have all the support they need and can aim to live a life which is enriching and joyful.”
|Free NDIS Information Sessions|
|Coolum Library||Thursday, March 2||2pm-3.30pm|
|Kawana Library||Saturday, March 4||10am-11.30am|
|Maroochydore Library||Thursday, March 9||10.30am-noon|
|Maleny Library||Saturday, March 11||10am-11.30am|
|Caloundra Library||Thursday, March 16||10am-11.30am|
|Beerwah Library||Thursday, March 23||10am-11.30am|
|Nambour Library||Saturday, March 25||10am-11.30am|
The reason so many people are concerned about changes to their funding models is because the funding is used, among other things, to pay support staff to help them get in and out of bed, meal preparation, bathing, dressing, social interaction, shopping. These are things those without a disability take for granted.
“The more planning people with disabilities do before the NDIS is introduced, the more likely they are to get the funding they both need and would like,” Ms Chomley said.
“121 Care is encouraging people with a disability to start planning for the NDIS as soon as possible. This allows them to be clear on what they need and allows their service providers to help them get it.”
NDIS funding will be available to Australians with a disability, who are aged 65.
Bookings for the sessions are essential and can be made here: https://library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Whats-On/Legal-and-Finance/Disability-Support
If you would like more information on the NDIS or the information sessions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 5443 9777.