Funds for care revo­lu­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Emily Mac­don­ald emily. mac­don­ald@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

NORTH Queens­land fam­i­lies and dis­abil­ity ser­vices are throw­ing their sup­port be­hind a na­tional cam­paign to rev­o­lu­tionise the sec­tor.

The Na­tional Dis­abil­ity Ins urance Scheme has r eceived bi­par­ti­san sup­port af­ter be­ing rec­om­mended by the Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion.

The scheme will in­volve spend­ing an ex­tra $ 7 bil­lion on dis­abil­ity ser­vices to en­sure high-qual­ity care and sup­port is avail­able for all. The com­mis­sion will re­lease its fi­nal re­port on the scheme in July and stake­hold­ers are unit­ing across the coun­try un­der the ‘‘ Ev­ery Aus­tralian Counts’’ cam­paign in the in­terim to con­vince politi­cians of the va­lid­ity of the pro­posal.

Cootharinga North Queens­land CEO Bren­dan Walsh said the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the scheme would be life chang­ing for many peo­ple.

‘‘ The con­cept of hav­ing fair and uni­ver­sal ac­cess to ser­vices is some­thing we’ve ad­vo­cated for many years,’’ he said.

‘‘ Most agen­cies have long chance of suc­ceed­ing in pres c h o o l , p r i mary s c h o o l , sec­ondary school and in life,’’ he said.

‘‘ If they have to wait un­til they’re in their teens for ser­vices they may not achieve as early as they could have.

‘‘ We’re say­ing to our staff and sup­port­ers that we have four months to con­vince the gov­ern­ment the Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion is right.

‘‘ Ev­ery state and fed­eral politi­cian will be vis­ited – it’s a very co-or­di­nated cam­paign.’’

To show your sup­port for the in­surance scheme, visit w w w . e v e r y a u s t r a l i a n counts. com. au

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