NDIS roll-out con­cerns ad­dressed at in­for­ma­tion ses­sion

Southern Telegraph - - News -

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.

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