About Freedom partnered with Cooloola Human Services Network (CHSN) to deliver an exciting National Disability Insurance Scheme Project, the Gympie Region NDIS Transition Project.
In December 2012 CHSN received funding from the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) to examine the issues related to improving people’s choice and control in planning and receiving services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The Gympie Region NDIS Transition Project aimed to obtain practical and innovative ideas for assisting people with disabilities, families and carers and service providers in rural and regional areas transition to the NDIS. This Practical Design Fund project aimed to inform the initial launch sites for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, located in the Hunter region in NSW, Barwon region in Victoria, SA, Tasmania and the ACT.
About Freedom provided project consultancy services for to deliver this exciting project in the Gympie Region during 2013.
The Project addressed the following issues relating to the transition to a National Disability Insurance Scheme:
- How will people with disability and their families living in the Gympie Region be provided with the information to effectively exercise control and choice that is truly informed?
- How will people with disability and their families in rural and regional areas be supported to understand their rights and entitlements under an NDIS and learn to navigate an NDIS for their benefit?
- How will Indigenous people with disability and their families, particularly those who do not currently access the service system, be supported to understand their rights and entitlements under an NDIS and learn to navigate an NDIS for their benefit?
- How can individuals be supported to make informed choices in an individualised service delivery environment in a rural community?
The final Report of this Project is available here: Gympie Region NDIS Transition Project Report
It is also available on the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s website at http://www.ndis.gov.au/document/418
An abridged version of the Project Report has also been published in Interaction, the Journal of the Australian Institute on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. A copy of this journal is available here: Interaction Journal Vol 27 #1 2013
For further information about this project contact Fiona Neagle on 0458 335 271.
Roll out of the NDIS in Queensland has commenced and will be completed in 2019. For further information about the NDIS please visit: www.ndis.gov.au