NDIS service in Biloela to help young children thrive
A NEW service will be opening in Biloela to support the town and surrounds as an NDIS partner in the community to deliver early childhood intervention.
The service is through the organisation BUSHkids and is funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme so it is provided free of charge. The program is designed to support children aged zero to six years of age who have a disability or development delay, helping them access the specialised supports and services they need to achieve better long-term outcomes.
Services may include speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiologists and health support workers.
BUSHkids works with the family to improve the child’s development and if more intensive early intervention supports are needed, BUSHkids will establish an NDIS plan to access funding on a long-term basis.
“What our service will do is act as a gateway for the children coming into the NDIS,” BUSHkids chief executive officer Carlton Meyn said. Recruitment is under way for a local person to work as the co-ordinator.
“This local worker will assist the family with what support needs the child has and support the family through local access into future plans,” Mr Meyn said.
“The worker needs to be a local person – local knowledge is very important.”
The service will open in Biloela in November, running two days a week at the Community Resource Centre. “This is something that is going to continue. The need is huge,” Mr Meyn said. “Once it is open, it is going to stay.”