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.
Initial forums held in the Barwon, ACT, Hunter and Perth Hills trial sites have demonstrated that many people working in discharge roles in the health system are struggling to understand some aspects of the NDIS. While there have been some great examples of individuals championing alternatives to nursing homes, this outcome largely depends on having access to an advocate.
A commitment to working collaboratively across systems is the main way good outcomes are being achieved for people with complex brain injury, neurological disease and other high support needs. We also found that in almost all circumstances there is a need for a specialised liaison position in acute and rehabilitation wards to negotiate between the health and NDIS systems to ensure that people don’t get caught between the two systems.
We are currently planning more of these forums in NDIS rollout areas and will continue to share our findings.