518 people make transition into trial in first three months
Focus is on good planning, community engagement and local supports
Nine people with psychosocial disability already found eligible
An impressive number of people with disability have joined the State Government’s WA National Disability Insurance Scheme My Way trial in the Lower South West.
Premier Colin Barnett said the first quarterly report showed the State Government-delivered trial of the NDIS in WA had had a positive beginning.
“Feedback from people with disability, families, carers and service providers has been very positive. It’s a great start to this exciting new era for disability services in WA and we should be proud of what we’ve achieved so far,” Mr Barnett said.
“WA has many years’ experience in delivering individually tailored support and services for people with disability through community-based providers and I am pleased to see that expertise reflected in this trial.”
Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said the NDIS My Way trial was off to a good start and meeting its targets, with 518 people involved in the first three months.
“The first three months have been a success and great outcomes are already being achieved,” she said.
“With nine new disability service providers registered to deliver support and services in the area, people are also experiencing greater choice.”
A key element of the trial is its long-term viability. An independent actuary is monitoring the trial to ensure good financial management.
“The NDIS My Way approach focuses first on good planning. A locally-based co-ordinator helps people and their families, friends and carers engage with existing networks and support in the community and access mainstream services, such as education and health,” Mrs Morton said.
“The disability and mental health sectors are continuing to work in close partnership to ensure people with psychosocial disability are aware of the WA NDIS My Way trial and their potential eligibility for support.”
There are two NDIS trials being run in WA. In addition to the My Way trial being run in the Lower South West, the Australian Government is running a second NDIS trial in the Perth Hills area using the National Disability Insurance Agency model.
The two approaches will be independently evaluated over the two-year trial period. The outcome of this evaluation will inform the future of disability services in WA and across the nation.
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