Support coordinators are among the most critical professionals assisting people to achieve positive outcomes under the NDIS. It is support coordinators who assist young people to explore their housing options and find alternatives to residential aged care.
Unless people with complex disability support needs have access to a high quality support coordination workforce, we are unlikely to achieve our goal of young people not being forced into aged care.
You are telling us that a lack of experience, knowledge and suitability of support coordinators is a significant problem.
The Summer Foundation is pleased to announce that we have received philanthropic funding to pilot a community of practice for support coordinators. A community of practice is a way of sharing existing information, and creating new knowledge. In the coming months we will employ a project officer and test our approach to building the capacity of support coordinators to support young people in (or at risk of entering) aged care, to achieve positive outcomes under the NDIS.