Funds for care revolution
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