Understanding the need for change is fundamental to achieving change. The Summer Foundation is developing resources for NDIS professionals working with participants, which aim to make your job easier, to educate and inform.
Five years into the rollout of the NDIS, many people and their families are reporting that navigating and getting the most out of the NDIS is not as easy as anticipated. The NDIS has all the necessary elements to be successful, but at present there is a risk of continuing the status quo: if the only supports and services available to purchase are the same ones that people and families have criticised for being inadequate before, then no amount of resourcing will make a meaningful difference.
Support coordinators are imperative to ensuring that people with complex disability support needs can achieve positive outcomes under the NDIS. They play a critical role in keeping younger people out of nursing homes by helping them explore housing options and find alternatives to aged care.
Support coordinators and allied health professionals have to work together to ensure the participant has access to the supports they need to achieve their goals and aspirations.
The Summer Foundation also hosts four ‘Breakfast Club’ professional development lectures each year that focus on latest insights, research and findings around brain injury rehabilitation. These lectures, originally established by the Victorian Brain Injury Recovery Association (VBIRA), provide information about up-to-date research and clinical practice.
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Housing and support providers
Separating tenancy and support is critical to enabling choice and control for people with disability, but some housing and support providers are uncertain about how it will work in practice.
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