Reasonable and Necessary: Making Sense of the NDIS is a podcast series by the Summer Foundation, hosted by our very own Dr George Taleporos.
Each podcast episode aims to simplify the NDIS for participants, their families and anyone supporting NDIS participants to work their way through the system.
Redesigning NDIS 2.0 with Simon Duffy, an international perspective
On this episode of Reasonable & Necessary, Dr George speaks with international expert on self-directed disability supports and citizenship, Dr Simon Duffy and NDIS participant and researcher Dr Mark Brown about their new report “Redesigning the NDIS”. The report highlights the need for a sustainable NDIS, built through co-design with reliable personal budgets and peer support at the centre. It was written to stimulate discussion and debate in the disability community about NDIS 2.0, 3.0 and beyond.
Challenging NDIS decisions: Expert advice to get the support you need
On this episode of Reasonable & Necessary, Dr George speaks with Mitchell Skipsey from the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and NDIS participant and activist, Felice Vaiani, about NDIS appeals and what to do when your NDIS plan doesn’t meet your needs. This episode is full of lots of great advice, and important things to consider when appealing NDIS decisions.
You can also check out a new resource series created by the Housing Hub and PIAC teams on Challenging NDIS Decisions. These resources cover a range of interesting topics including how to request a review of an NDIS decision that you don’t agree with, how to apply to the AAT for an external review, how to find out the reasons behind an NDIS decision, how to request access to documents from the NDIS and how to ask for more time to apply to the AAT. You can access the resources here: www.housinghub.org.au/resources/article/challenging-ndis-decisions
NDIS and Employment: Using your funding to land your dream job
On this episode of Reasonable and Necessary, Dr George speaks with Donna Purcell and Jeannie Hodges from the NDIA & CEO of Hazzah & NDIS participant Ben Paior-Smith to find out how you can use your NDIS funding to find and maintain employment. We also look at what employers can do to get more disabled people into work.
NDIS Review: Exclusive First Interview with Co-Chairs Bruce and Lisa
On this episode of Reasonable and Necessary, Dr George speaks with Professor Bruce Bonyhady AM and Ms Lisa Paul AO PSM in this exclusive first interview about the NDIS Review and what the NDIS might look like in the future.
To have your say on the NDIS Review visit www.ndisreview.gov.au
NDIS Budget 2023: Cuts & Caps, Targets & Reforms with Bill Shorten
On this episode of Reasonable and Necessary, Dr George speaks with Minister Bill Shorten about the 2023 NDIS budget to understand what the budget will mean for people with disabilities and our families. Is there a cap on the NDIS, will our funding packages be cut and will it be harder to get onto the NDIS? You will get the answers to these questions and more.
How to get great outcomes from your NDIS plan – A Self-management Deep Dive
Unregistered NDIS providers: What participants really think
NDIS fraud and dodgy providers – Tips to protect your plan
Meet the new CEO of the NDIA – Exclusive first interview with Rebecca Falkingham
“At first I said No!” – NDIS Chair Kurt Fearnley reveals all in this exclusive interview
When NDIS services turn bad – Interview with NDIS Commissioner Tracy Mackey
What does good NDIS support look like?
VIDEO PODCAST: 19 September 2022
In this episode of Reasonable and Necessary, Dr George speaks with Megan Topping (La Trobe University PhD research student) and Carl Thompson (NDIS participant and director of support coordination provider ‘Sort Your Support’) about what NDIS participants really want from support workers.
NDIS deep dive: Interview with Minister Bill Shorten
VIDEO PODCAST: 18 August 2022
In this episode of Reasonable and Necessary Dr George follows up with the newly elected Minister about what he’s learned about the NDIS since taking over, and what he’s going to do to rebuild it now that he’s in charge. Fixing the issue of people stuck in hospital, bringing forward the 10-year review and restructuring the appeals process are just a few of the topics they cover.
Our Relationships with the NDIS – what makes them work or fall apart?
VIDEO PODCAST: 30 June 2022
In research by the Summer Foundation and La Trobe University, participants revealed that their relationship with the NDIA needs repairing – most had lost confidence and trust in the NDIA. Many recognised that they can’t opt out of this relationship, so with the appointment of a new government, many participants are optimistic that the time may be right for an honest dialogue between all parties about the future of the NDIS.
Election 2022 and the NDIS: Disability Advocates Have Our Say
VIDEO PODCAST: 16 May 2022
Dr George Taleporos speaks to a panel of disability advocates, where they examine the topics discussed in the previous episodes of the election series. They cover all things NDIS – funding cuts, operational issues, workforce, cost versus value and the damage of a ‘cost-first’ mentality.
Election 2022 and the NDIS: Interview with Bill Shorten, MP
VIDEO PODCAST: 13 May 2022
Dr George Taleporos speaks to Shadow Minister for the NDIS, Bill Shorten in today’s episode of Reasonable & Necessary. Mr Shorten talks about his plans for the NDIS if he’s elected and how he plans to bring more people with disability into administering the NDIS, how they plan to make the NDIS more sustainable and how a Labor government plans to stop blanket cuts to participants’ plans.
Election 2022 and the NDIS: Interview with Senator Jordon Steele-John
VIDEO PODCAST: 11 May 2022
Dr George Taleporos speaks to Senator Jordon Steele-John about his vision for the NDIS and how important it will be to restore it to a person-centred Scheme. The Senator talks about resourcing the NDIS with the appropriate staff infrastructure, and ensuring that people with disability are strongly represented on the board of the NDIS.
Election 2022 and the NDIS: Minister Reynold’s on her priorities for the NDIS
VIDEO PODCAST: 9 May 2022
In the first episode of our election special, Dr George Taleporos talks to the Hon Linda Reynolds, Minister for the NDIS. In this important conversation, Minister Reynolds talks through her priorities for the NDIS if re-elected, which include participant-centred reforms, extra funding and reducing wait times around housing and support decisions.
Why are so many people stuck in hospital waiting for NDIS decisions?
VIDEO PODCAST: 29 April 2022
In this episode of Reasonable & Necessary, we meet NDIS participant Leila Bowheen who has been stuck in hospital for almost a year, waiting for housing and support. We also talk to Adam Horsburgh, CEO at the Austin Hospital for his take on the problem and how it can be solved
How people with disability can access free rapid antigen tests
VIDEO PODCAST: 3 March 2022
In this episode of Reasonable & Necessary, George is speaking with Therese Clark from Barwon Health to find out how people with disability (PWD) can access free rapid antigen tests (RAT) through the Victorian Government Disability Liaison Officer service.
NDIS: An inside look at what’s new in 2022
VIDEO PODCAST: 22 February 2022
In this episode of Reasonable & Necessary, George is speaking with NDIA CEO Martin Hoffman about what’s new in the NDIS for 2022. We talk about codesign, NDIS appeals, COVID-19 and much more.
Special series: Living with COVID
How people with disabilities can stay safe as Australia learns to live with COVID-19.