Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    More people benefit from WA's NDIS My Way trial

    11/02/2015 12:00 AM
     
    • 623 people found eligible in first six months
    • 44 people with psychosocial disability now eligible
    • 15 new service providers endorsed in last three months

    The Western Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) "˜My Way' trial in the Lower South West is continuing to deliver positive outcomes for people with disability, their families and carers.

     

    Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said it was pleasing that the second quarterly report showed the State Government-delivered trial of the NDIS in WA was building on its positive start.

     

    "At the end of the first six months, 623 people have been found eligible for support and, importantly, there is no waitlist.  Another encouraging indicator is there haven't been any complaints or appeals lodged," Mrs Morton said.

     

    "I am also very pleased to see the increased numbers of people with psychosocial disability joining the trial, with 44 people now eligible, up from nine in the first three months."

     

    A person with psychosocial disability has a mental illness and ongoing impairments from an enduring psychosocial condition that is unresponsive to treatment, likely to be permanent and substantially reduces their ability to undertake routine daily activities.

     

    "The success of reaching people with psychosocial disability is due to our ongoing close collaboration with the mental health sector to ensure everyone who might be eligible is being assessed by their local My Way co-ordinator," the Minister said.

     

    Mrs Morton said the second quarter had again seen an expansion of options available to people in the trial, with many choosing to manage their own support arrangements.

     

    "It's terrific that 27 per cent of people have embraced the option to take greater control of their supports and services and are self-managing their own arrangements, compared with three per cent nationally.  With a further 15 endorsed providers registering this quarter, people's choices are also growing," she said.

     

    Just six months into the trial, the NDIS My Way model is proving to be financially sustainable, with the average package costs below the original national estimates.

     

    "We continue to receive positive feedback from people in the trial and we know Western Australia's NDIS My Way is genuinely improving people's lives.  This remains our focus as we ramp up our preparations for Cockburn and Kwinana to join the trial on July 1," she said.

     

           Fact File

    • The two trials in WA include the State Government's WA NDIS My Way trial in the Lower South West and the Australian Government's 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 and the outcome will help inform future disability services in WA
    • For more information, visit http://www.disability.wa.gov.au  or phone 1800 996 214

    Minister's office - 6552 6900