The National Disability Insurance Scheme legislaton is presently before Parliament.
The Scheme comes from a recommendation of the Productivity Commission's Report of August 10, 2011.
The blurb that accompanies the new NDIS says that it will revamp the way disability support is provided.
It seeks to make the change that instead of responding to the disability that arises from the past, the new Scheme will be forward oriented.
It will recognise that disability is for a lifetime (which is a wrong recognition since a lot of it is not. P.) (0r perhaps it means that the NDIS is intended for that disability which is for a lifetime. P.).
It will take a lifelong approach focusing on early intervention.
NDIS will support choice for people with disability and will put people in control of the care and support that they need. There will be mechanisms in place to help people make informed choices.
NDIS will ensure that people are not shut out from independence and opportunities by providing the appropriate supports that enable people with disability to reach their full potential.
The NDIS will give all Australians the peace of mind, that if they have or acquire a disability, that leaves them needing everyday assistance, or if they care for someone with a disability, then they will be supported.
Since NDIS is presently before Parliament, nothing has really happened other than the announcement of the Government's intention to set up the Scheme. They intend to set it up in five different locations initially to benefit 26,000 people with disabilities, their carers and their families. (Once again with these political announcements the thing is spun into an opaque cloth. Whether that means 26,000 DSP's or 26,000 of everyone, is not made clear).
The LNP has not opposed the legislation, but that does not mean that they actively support it.
And active support, whether from the government or the opposition entails funding. The May budget will show whether it gets government funding cause it has not got any yet as its an announcement only, which is the forte of the present government with one promise following another, with the funding on the never never.................either the never never of no funding or the funding on the never never of the borrowed deficit.
Permanent incapacity If a member is unlikely to engage in gainful employment for which the member is reason- ably qualified by education, training or experience because of ill-health he or she may get early access, to all preserved benefits. To be eligible for concessional invalidity tax treat- ment of the benefits, the permanent incapacity must be certified by two doctors.
Defining disability: Will the NDIS support all disabled Australians who need care?
The announcement that the NDIS is going to roll out in the Blue Mountains and Penrith is welcome, but many questions remain about the future of disability services in NSW.
The NDIS will deliver services to people with severe and permanent disabilities, with individualised packages that can be used to choose the most suitable support. Moving to this model will give disabled people considerably more flexibility. The idea is to set up a market where people can buy the help they need, rather than being restricted to just one kind of service.
At the same time, the NSW government is planning the handover of all aged and disability (ADHC) public services to the non-government sector, and the sale of Home Care. This is planned in two stages - Home Care is to be sold in July 2015, and the remaining ADHC services by 2018.
ADHC supports about 95,000 people and the state government plans to increase this to 140,000 when the full NDIS is implemented. However, this leaves some significant questions about broader disability services for people who are not eligible for the NDIS.
There are about 400,000 people with a disability in NSW, with up to 240,000 having a high degree of disability, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. With 140,000 people expected to be eligible for the NDIS, what will happen to the other 260,000 people? Where will they get support?
People with episodic illness, cancer, or a moderate degree of disability can currently get help with, for example, some home modifications, community transport or cleaning. However, unless their disability is seen as permanent and severe, they will not be eligible for the NDIS, leaving a gap in the system.
People with Disabilities Australia says in their election platform that: "many thousands of people with disability will not meet the eligibility requirements but will still have disability support needs".
Carers NSW also expressed concern on their Don't Be Careless website, saying: "At this stage it is unclear what, if any, funded support will be available for the thousands of people who won't be able to get NDIS packages".
"The NDIS still relies on informal support for 60 per cent of people with disabilities," said Carers NSW chief executive Elena Katrakis. "There's a lot of uncertainty at the moment. For example, the Older Parent Carer Program has funding that will now go into the pool of NDIS money, so only parents of people with disabilities who are eligible for NDIS will be supported into the future."
However, Minister for Disabilities John Ajaka played down concerns about the scheme. "Under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) an eligible person with a disability, which may include episodic disabilities such as mental illness, will be appropriately supported," he said. "The NDIS is going to provide more funding to more people with disability than ever before. These reforms will increase funding for people with disabilities in NSW from $2.7 billion to $6.4 billion."
The other key area of concern is that the new market created by the NDIS will allow non-government services to cherry-pick the supports they provide, and with no public provider of last resort, some of the most vulnerable people may be left in the cold.
The problem here is that no one knows exactly how the new disability support system is going to work. The launch sites in the Hunter are specifically designed to find the bugs and make sure they are fixed before the full NDIS roll-out in 2018.
The NDIS is not the only way to address the needs of people with disabilities. Broader social change that looks at accessibility in public infrastructure, discrimination at work and affordable housing will all work together to create a more inclusive society. If the NSW government no longer has a disability department, who will monitor whether these issues are progressing?
Perhaps the next stage of the NDIS, in the Blue Mountains and Penrith, will answer some of these questions and provide reassurance for disability and carers groups. Or it may show that making such fundamental changes to ADHC, and selling of Home Care before the NDIS is ready, is premature.
"Tough love" is just the right phrase: love for the rich and privileged, tough for everyone else. Chomsky ..................................................................................................................................................................................... Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.
Nice one nomadic! My take is what the Govt. is building is another Centrelink, going on the high percentage of people who want Changes from Centrelink type wait times for services to be approved or changed etc. with commonsense flexibility. I think all of what they are wishing for would have similar results for Centrelink Clients. Unfortunately I think they're Dreaming, cheers bear.
1. Improved flexibility for changes in needs 2. Transparency and improvement in the length of waiting and turnaround times 3. Easier and more accessible avenues of communication between patients/carers and NDIS staff 4. Inclusion and support of mental health disabilities in the scheme 5. Listen to families and carers experiences when developing plans/assessing claims (hi-lights added) 6. Improved transport funding 7. Listening and connecting with clients on a personal level 8. Support for families with young children
Obviously I need no interest in it but I get a news letter from them every now and again. Called every Australian counts. They are well meaning but a bit useless is my feeling on what I see from them.
My interests lie more with why it is necessary, other than for the Feds to get their fingers in the pie. I have several friends in the sector who also question why? As carers in Group Houses for the Severely Disabled, they tell me the Clients are already Fully Funded by the State. All it has done in these cases is cause a loss of profit to the Companies involved because of additional compliance to new rules which they wish to claw back through New NDIS packages. One staff member is continually reminding Management they are actually in a job because of the Clients not vice versa.
I've spoken about my Downes Syndrome friend Sellwyn previously. Sellwyn is on DSP, works twice a week for a few hours and also has State Funding for regular outings with a Carer and has his most intimate needs met with regular visits as well.
So why does Australia need the NDIS? "Insurance" is a blind to make the public think the sector hasn't to this point held up it's part of the bargain. Cheers bear.
Ironically I may be one who benefits from NDIS... Up till I put in for funding (It rolls out for my age in Tassie next year) I cannot get any subsidised help at home or for our garden because my able bodied husband is here. However, if I get through NEIS (Which it appears I may) I can budget on a cleaner regardless... if it works how it is supposed to I will personally be significantly better off - at the moment we pay for a cleaner because I don't feel right that in top of everything else my husband has taken on that it should be solely down to him to assist me and look after everything household wise.
Yes nomadic I was reading somewhere the other day severe mental health patients aren't being integrated either. Top heavy with far too much government intervention; doesn't have a lot of hope for success I don't think. Though being from a government of a different flavour originally; I've also little doubt by having to implement it, it has been designed to be deliberately obtuse. Same thing with the NBN. Cheers bear