NDIS ser­vice in Biloela to help young chil­dren thrive

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.”

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