The Summer Foundation has released position statements that support two areas of strategic focus: ensuring that young people in residential aged care get access to the NDIS; and increasing the range and scale of housing.
Findings from our NDIS Connections project in the Barwon, Hunter, ACT and Perth Hills trial sites have reinforced the importance of ensuring active outreach is available for young people in nursing homes so that they can become active participants in the Scheme. Our team found that people who submitted an access request form (ARF) needed a high-level of support ranging from 9-32 hours to progress through to registering as a participant. Find out more.
As the NDIS market expands, a number of resources have been created to help participants make informed choices about their support and equipment, and assist them to connect with their community. You may find the following websites useful:
Affordable Access: www.affordableaccess.com.au
There are lots of affordable and accessible technology products on the market including tablets, smartphones and desktop computers. This website is designed to help you make educated choices about which devices may best suit your needs and budget.
LinkAssist is a free online community noticeboard, designed for use by people with disability, carers, family and the community. Listing categories include training and work opportunities; transport; and accommodation notices. There are also general community and buy and sell noticeboards.
CFC NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2016DOWNLOAD / VIEW PDF
In August I attended the launch of Brain Injury Awareness Week, where the theme was “Talking young stroke”. Stroke is one cause of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), the most prevalent disability for young people in nursing homes. Many of the young people who spoke at the event explained how help came in a rush immediately after their stroke and then faded away. There is little recognition within existing stroke services that young people have the rest of their lives to live.
The Hunter Housing Demonstration Project was officially launched on 28 July. The demonstration project consists of ten apartments for people with disability peppered throughout a 110-unit private development. The apartments incorporate clever design features and smart-home technology to allow tenants to enjoy their independence while still having access to 24-hour on call support.
Simon Plint led a very active and social life before acquiring a brain injury two years ago. A hang-gliding accident left Simon with a severe brain injury that impaired both his memory and cognitive function.
On 1 July the NDIS rolled out to new regions across Australia, with North Eastern Melbourne (NEMA) as the first new region added in Victoria. The national NDIS rollout has seen some changes to the connection process. Contracted local area coordinators (LACs) will now provide first point of contact, some planning and follow up for Scheme participants in Victoria. For those with more complex support needs, planning will continue to be done internally by the NDIA – a process we know will need additional support for most young people in nursing homes.
The Summer Foundation continues to examine ways of preventing new admissions of young people to nursing homes through targeted forums that bring together representatives from health, disability, aged care and the NDIS. We have gathered information about current practices, barriers and potential ways forward, examining any impact that the NDIS has made.
You may be aware that there have been significant issues with the NDIS portal myPlace. This is the website used by the NDIS, providers and participants to communicate. The myPlace participant portal allows NDIS participants or their nominees to view their NDIS plans, request payments and manage services with providers.
CFC NEWSLETTER – JUNE 2016DOWNLOAD / VIEW PDF
The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) gets underway next month. We would like to acknowledge the strength, resilience and advocacy of the many individuals and their families who have made a significant impact on the shaping of this reform.