Opinion 29 May 2017

Exciting and challenging times…

Over the past 2 ½ years I have spoken with thousands of people with disability, their families and carers, advocates and support workers sharing information, knowledge and experience about all things NDIS. These discussions have highlighted issues, anxieties, problems and frustrations but also options, possibilities, developments and opportunities for the future. I have loved my role as Community Educator for the Every Australian Counts campaign; it is something I feel very proud and privileged to have been a part of and these are exciting and challenging times.

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In The Media 26 May 2017

The NDIS Has Teething Problems That Must Be Addressed

Given the National Disability Insurance Scheme has support across the political spectrum there is a reluctance to heavily criticise it despite a parliamentary inquiry which is revealing that the system is beset by major problems, writes WA Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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In The Media 26 May 2017

Disability Sector Warns of NDIS Staffing Turmoil

The disability sector has warned that a high turnover of senior executives managing the National Disability Insurance Scheme could have serious consequences for the scheme’s viability.

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In The Media 26 May 2017

People with disabilities need more NDIS staff and ‘not just a 1800 number’, Labor says

People with disabilities are struggling to get answers from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Labor says, as it urges the Government to boost funding for the agency overseeing its troubled rollout.

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In The Media 16 May 2017

Disability groups tell Bill Shorten the Medicare levy increase is fair

Disability groups have urged Opposition Leader Bill Shorten not to play politics with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), describing an increase to the Medicare levy as a fair way to secure its future.

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In The Media 11 May 2017

Budget 2017: Political divide muddies Scott Morrison’s ‘big heart’ solution to NDIS

Scott Morrison’s plan to utilise Australia’s “big hearts” to fund the NDIS is under threat, with both Labor and the Greens raising concerns over the funding plan.

The Treasurer said it was time to put politics aside and ensure the National Disability Insurance Scheme was fully funded.

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In The Media 11 May 2017

Disability and Budget 2017 – What’s Missing?

The federal budget makes some welcome funding inclusions affecting people with disability but what’s missing is education reform for students with disability, writes advocate Stephanie Gotlib.

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In The Media 11 May 2017

‘I’m not saying no to Gary’: Treasurer reveals personal struggle behind NDIS budget decision

Scott Morrison has delivered one of the least conventional, and most effective, post budget sales pitches in memory – and ratcheted up the pressure on Bill Shorten in the process.

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In The Media 11 May 2017

Medicare levy hike to fund NDIS

Taxpayers will split the bill for the national disability insurance scheme through a 0.5 per cent hike to the Medicare levy.

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In The Media 11 May 2017

Budget is a Big Win for Mental Health

Mental health has become a priority in the federal government’s health agenda with advocacy bodies across the country welcoming the announcement with a sigh of relief.

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In The Media 11 May 2017

Medicare Levy Rises to Fund NDIS

The federal government will increase the Medicare levy by 0.5 percentage points to help fully fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme in a budget move welcomed by the not-for-profit sector.

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In The Media 11 May 2017

NDIS Report Card – Young People in Residential Care

Analysis of previously unreleased aged care data shows that more young people are entering residential aged care (RAC) in the NDIS.

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In The Media 5 May 2017

Peak Body Calls for Urgent Review of NDIS

The nation’s peak body for disability service providers is calling for urgent action to save the struggling National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

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In The Media 5 May 2017

NDIS complaints mount, disability service providers demand urgent improvements

Disability service providers are demanding urgent improvements to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as complaints mount about poor-quality plans.

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In The Media 5 May 2017

Victoria Looks to Divest Disability Services as Part of NDIS Rollout

The Victorian government is looking to divest a number of disability services to the non-government sector in the next step of the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

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In The Media 5 May 2017

NDIS reviews practices after lengthy delay in helping critically ill Queensland toddler

The National Disability Insurance Agency says it is reviewing its practices after a Queensland toddler with a life-threatening condition has waited more than five months for vital treatment.

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In The Media 5 May 2017

Funding housing: NDIS payments back new accommodation for disabled youth

National Disability Insurance Scheme funding has been used for the first time to develop housing that has moved young people with disabilities out of aged care homes.

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In The Media 26 April 2017

Concern over speed of NDIS rollout in Indigenous communities, as NSW launches approach

A lobby group is calling for a slow down in the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Aboriginal communities, as its rollout looms in remote parts of NSW.

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In The Media 21 April 2017

NDIA to Appeal Disability Transport Ruling as Test Case

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is to appeal a Federal Court decision over funding arrangements for transport costs under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, claiming it will be a test case for the future viability of the scheme.

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In The Media 21 April 2017

NDIS hiccups are expected, as with any large-scale social reform

The agreement to launch the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in 2012 was met with great excitement. It also came with large expectations about the transformation this would bring in terms of services and outcomes for people with disability.

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