Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    Disability reform accelerated in WA

    17/05/2013 12:00 AM
    • My Way program extended for people with disability in lower South-West
    • Funding aligned with NDIS principles and packages
    • Regional management with relationship-based, local teams
    • Increased funds allocated at a local level

    The State Government has boosted support for people with disability with the official launch of the My Way program in Western Australia’s lower South-West.


    Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said the My Way disability reform strategy was the next important step towards a localised and decentralised approach.


    “We are immensely proud of the fact that since 2008-09, this Government has boosted funding to disability services in WA by 66 per cent,” Mrs Morton said.


    The Minister visited Busselton today to announce plans to accelerate the Government’s

    My Way disability reform strategy.


    The strategy offers support for people with disability to meet their individual needs, including:

    • advancing choice and ensuring people with disability and their families are in the driving seat of their future plans for a good life
    • an expanded regional team with greater capacity to support people at the local level
    • local decision-making
    • aligning funds with the principles of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

    “My Way is leading the way in delivering tailored support for people with disability. Almost 1,500 people have already signed up to the program,” Mrs Morton said.


    “While WA is eager to participate in the NDIS, we are committed to retaining the key elements of best practice in WA, including relationship-based local supports, strong partnerships and early engagement in good planning processes.


    “We are determined to take these incremental steps towards a better future.”


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