Update on the NDIS Participant pathway
NDIA has expanded the pilot for the new participant pathway to the following Victorian Local Government Areas (LGAs):
- Bayside, Frankston, Glen Eira, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip, and Stonnington with LAC Brotherhood St Laurence
The pathway pilot is focused on better pre-planning and improvements to planning. The aim of the pilot is for a person to work side-by-side with a planner and Local Area Coordinator to talk about their goals, develop a plan and then implement the plan.
A key focus of the joint planning meeting is ensuring participants can discuss and review their pre-finalised plan, what is being funded, how this links to their goals, and make minor adjustments, before the plan is approved. In most cases in the pilot this is occurring in the face to face meeting allowing implementation to begin immediately.
Our participant reference group has also worked with us to develop the first version of an easy-to-read plan, which will be piloted with participants soon.
Tailored pathways update
NDIA is in the process of improving the tailored pathways for the following population groups:
- participants with complex needs
- early childhood (birth to six years)
- participants with psychosocial disability
- people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
- remote and very remote communities, and
- lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTIQA+).
The NDIA has hosted 31 workshops to develop the tailored pathways. A further four workshops are planned for March. Following the workshops, NDIA will start the redesign work and the approaches will be piloted prior to national rollout.
The NDIA has released a more detailed Report on the Pathways Review.
The objective was to understand their experience; to generate ideas for improvement; and to redesign and validate new improved participant and provider pathways.
This Report describes in more detail how participants, their families and carers and providers have and will interact in the future with the Scheme and the NDIA.
The Board and management recognise the need to continually improve the experience that people with disability as well as service providers have with the Scheme. Read the full report (PDF 836KB).
Peer Connect event in Gosford NSW
Registrations are open for this free event!
Are you someone who lives with disability and would like to learn more about peer support?
This event is for people living with disability to find out more about peer support.
The workshop will be presented by peer group facilitators and group members and will cover topics such as:
What does peer support mean?
What are the benefits from joining a peer support group?
What happens at a peer support meeting?
What peer support groups are in my area and how can I join?
How can I start my own group and practice peer support daily?
Come along and hear from experienced and knowledgeable peer group facilitators, meet others and find out how you can benefit from peer support!
The event is on Monday, 5th of February
10:00am to 1:00pm
Gosford RSL Club, 26 Central
Coast Hwy, West Gosford, NSW
Bookings are essential as space is limited. Lunch provided.
Please register by clicking here
For assistance or any enquiries please contact Sarah Humphery at PDCN on 9552 1606 or 1800 688 831 (free call).
Team Up Grantees Selected
After a very competitive grant round, the Team Up Selection Committee has announced the final selection of peer groups for funding. Team Up was overwhelmed by the high number and quality of applications. The response was a great reflection of the impact peer support is already having around NSW.
Chair of the Grant Selection Committee, George Argyrous, said selectors had been impressed by the range of projects submitted. “We had a really diverse range of groups apply, both in terms of backgrounds and geography,” George said.
Congratulations to all the successful peer groups!
In the meantime, why not check out the peer support in action videos Team Up has just launched. There are videos about peer support, running a peer group, building a peer movement and much more.
You can view the videos here
NDIS: What are Service agreements with providers?
Most of your NDIS supports will be delivered by providers. Providers are people or businesses of your choice.
You will normally need to make a written agreement with your provider(s). This is called a Service Agreement.
Service Agreements should be simple and set out how and when your supports will be delivered.
Service Agreements can be made between you and your provider, or between another person (like a family member or friend) and your provider.
To find out more about your rights go to the NDIS website
New NDIS Participant Pathway
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released details of a new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) ‘pathway’ designed to significantly improve the experience people and organisations have with the NDIS.
The pathway refers to the experience participants and providers have from their first interaction to their ongoing engagement with the NDIS.
Central to the new participant pathway is the delivery of face-to-face engagement for all NDIS plan development, based on the individual’s preference.
The new pathway will include:
• A consistent point of contact, who plays a key role in empowering participants to achieve outcomes.
• Planning being undertaken with a skilled Local Area Coordinator or NDIA planner who will spend time understanding the unique needs of each participant.
• A stronger focus on the broader system of supports for people with disability, including other government services such as health, education and transport, to promote greater inclusion and a sense of community for people with disability.
• Communication which emphasises the objectives of the NDIS, with a clear focus on outcomes and goals during planning discussions.
• Information that is clear, consistent and available in accessible formats, such as plain English and braille.
• An improved NDIS portal and tools, combined with more straightforward processes that will reduce the administrative cost for providers.
The new pathway will now be progressively piloted and tested over the coming months before being rolled out nationally.
To learn more about the bew NDIS pathway, visit the NDIS website.
AFDO's Disability Loop has put this in plain English here
NSW Disability Alliance - Team Up
Team Up, an alliance of NSW disability organisations dedicated to promoting peer groups for people with disability, celebrated its launch last week with the announcement of a series of grants to empower and expand peer groups.
Team Up – Peers Creating Change is a partnership project between the Council for Intellectual Disability (CID), Community Disability Alliance Hunter (CDAH) and Diversity and Disability Alliance (DDA).
Team Up is about people learning the skills to support one another as peers, not just waiting for service providers. Everyone is an expert in their own lives and Team Up believes that sharing skills with each other is part of a good life.
Team Up is training people to be great peers and how to run great peer groups. All training will be run by people with disability and their supporters for people with disability and their supporters. Training can be arranged for peer groups, in people’s local area and in language.
People can also apply for a grant of up to $1000, $5000 or $10000. These grants can help people to start a peer group, further develop an existing peer group or run a project with an existing peer group!
The closing date is 14 October 2107.
19 Stories brings attention to the right to living independently & being included in the community under Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Find out more about the project, including lessons and research about inclusive citizenship for all on the website: 19stories.org.au
Stakeholder Survey about the National Disability Strategy
The Department of Social Services (DSS) is inviting people with disability, their carers and families to complete the 2016 Progress Report Stakeholder Engagement Survey.
An important part of the work of DSS doing is finding out what people with disability, their families and carers think about disability in Australia and the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 (the Strategy).
The survey includes questions about things like health care, employment and access to the local community for people with disability.
Your feedback will help the government to create better policies, programs and communities so people with disability are able to lead happy and fulfilling lives.
If you would like to complete the 2016 Progress Report Stakeholder Survey, click here!
Speak Out Conference 2017: “Out of the shadows – into a life!”
The Speak Out Self Advocacy Conference is the longest running conference for people with intellectual disability in Australia.
The 2017 Conference is being held at Wrest Point Casino from 14th to 16th September 2017.
Accommodation information can be found below, and further information including the Registration Form and Flyer will be available shortly.
Key Conference Information
14-16 September 2017
Wrest Point Casino
Further information about the conference will be available soon.
Become a member of Physical Disability Australia
Physical Disability Australia (PDA) is a national peak membership based organisation for people with physical disability, and it’s on the hunt for more members.
If you have a physical disability or know someone who does then please consider becoming a member of PDA. Having more members will help PDA speak with authority when it raises issues that impact on the lives of people with physical disability.
PDA is actively working to ensure the needs of all Australians with Physical Disability are taken into account by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and other Federal, State and Territorial government departments.
To find out more about PDA, check-out their website: www.pda.org.au
To join PDA, complete and submit the form at: www.pda.org.au/register-online
Membership in PDA is free and open to all Australians with physical disability, their family members and supporters.
January 30, 2017
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has opened the first funding round for both ILC Jurisdictional Grants in the ACT and the ILC National Readiness Grants.
October 5, 2016
"Shaping our future: discussions on disability rights" Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Alastair McEwin will be conducting a national consultation which will help guide the development of his priorities and seek input from the disability community on how he can most effectively work to advance the rights of people with a disability. These consultations aim to engage with the disability community and gather information and knowledge on the extent and nature of disability discrimination and the human rights of people with disability in Australia. The focus of the consultations will be guided by the Commissioner's National Consultation Discussion paper which sets out five proposed areas of priority as being: Employment Education Housing The criminal justice system Implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Consultations will be held in each capital city and some regional centres between October 2016 - March 2017
August 3, 2016
We are in the midst of one of the biggest social reforms in Australian history. This change provides hope and opportunity, but will require courage to imagine more and strive for what is possible. Imagine More’s third conference, themed “Strengthening Communities- Making the most of the NDIS”, will offer opportunities to hear from local, national and international speakers sharing stories and approaches that support meaningful and inclusive lives for people with disabilities.
August 3, 2016
Friday 2 September