Dis­abil­ity sup­port fund boost

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

An ex­pan­sion of dis­abil­i­ties el­i­gi­ble for fund­ing un­der the new WA Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­surance Scheme means many more Pil­bara res­i­dents will be able to ac­cess sup­port, ac­cord­ing to a lo­cal ser­vice provider.

Pil­bara dis­abil­ity ser­vices or­gan­i­sa­tion EPIC chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephanie Soter said the new dis­abil­ity sup­port scheme rolled out in the North West and sev­eral other re­gions on July 1 would in­clude a widen­ing of cri­te­ria, bring­ing new con­di­tions into el­i­gi­bil­ity for sup­port fund­ing.

Ms Soter said con­di­tions now clas­si­fied as el­i­gi­ble un­der the scheme in­cluded foetal al­co­hol spec­trum dis­or­ders, men­tal ill­nesses, psy­choso­cial dis­or­ders and al­lied health ser­vices for peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties.

She said the changes meant there would be a “sig­nif­i­cant in­crease” in lo­cal peo­ple el­i­gi­ble for sup­port.

“From a fam­ily per­spec­tive, el­i­gi­bil­ity is broad­ened, so there’s a greater range of peo­ple who can come and re­ceive sup­port,” she said.

“We’re see­ing a lot more re­fer­rals com­ing through, which is great.”

EPIC will be run­ning in­for­ma­tion fo­rums across the Pil­bara about the changes over the next 12 months.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the changes and how they af­fect peo­ple in the North West, go to the EPIC web­site at em­pow­er­ing­peo­ple.org.au.

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