Train­ing set for new era of the NDIS

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and Far North Train­ing and Con­sul­tancy Pty Ltd are pleased to an­nounce their suc­cess­ful partnership in ob­tain­ing fund­ing for two Cer­tifi­cate III In­di­vid­ual Sup­port (Dis­abil­i­ties) Cour­ses through the Skilling Queens­land for Work pro­gram.

“This new course re­cently in­tro­duced co­in­cides well with the an­nounce­ment of the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­surance Scheme (NDIS) roll­out in July 2018,” Ms Liz Ross, pro­pri­etor of Far North Train­ing and Con­sul­tancy (FNTC) said.

“What this means to the Dou­glas Shire is that, with the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments agree­ing on the NDIS for this state, more than 91,000 Queens­lan­ders will be able to ac­cess ser­vices and equip­ment though this new pro­gram,” Ms Ross said.

A short­age of trained staff has been iden­ti­fied as a sig­nifi- cant is­sue with the in­tro­duc­tion of NDIS and these train­ing pro­grams will start to ad­dress this short­fall in this Shire.

“The NDIS is a new way of pro­vid­ing sup­port to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties,” Ms Ross said.

“It is a whole-of-life ap­proach that rep­re­sents a ma­jor re­form in the pro­vi­sion of dis­abil­ity ser­vices and we need to have more trained staff to meet these needs,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Ker­rie Jamieson, Chair­man of the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, the Shire will ben­e­fit enor­mously from this in­jec­tion of funds to train lo­cals in this area of sup­port pro­vi­sion.

Pic­ture: NAOMI JEL­LI­COE

An NDIS project & pol­icy of­fi­cer

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