NDIS roll-out concerns addressed at information session
More than 100 people attended a National Disability Insurance Agency information session hosted by Brand MHR Madeleine King last week.
Numerous residents raised concerns during the session about the roll-out of the NDIS, which began in Rockingham last month and starts in Kwinana this month.
Their concerns were addressed by a three-member team from the National Disability Insurance Agency, often with an apology and request for understanding as the national system rolls out, and then discussed with individuals one-onone after the session.
Participants in the session were told that so far, 4092 people had joined the NDIS, with 1804 of those joining for the first time.
It is expected that by 2020, 39,000 West Australians with a disability will join the NDIS, which was established five years ago and officially extended to WA on July 1.
“I’m pleased that we were able to bring the NDIA staff to Rockingham to provide answers for our local residents,” Ms King said.
“This was a valuable exercise and I am grateful to the staff for providing information and taking questions.
“Clearly people are having trouble getting the information they want and the services they need for their loved ones.
“I have always strongly supported the establishment of the national scheme but it is as clear as crystal that there are problems with the change from a State to Federal scheme as carers wrestle with new protocols and difficulties in accessing services.”
Ms King also said she hoped plans for a Rockingham NDIS shopfront in 2019 could be brought forward.
“Since that time, the NDIS has changed people’s lives for the better with thousands of people accessing the services for the first time,” she said.
The Rockingham information session was the third and biggest held so far in WA.