Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    NDIS My Way opens new doors to support

    11/05/2015 12:00 AM
    • Psychosocial disability most commonly identified primary disability for new people entering the WA NDIS My Way trial
    • 706 people now eligible for support and services in the NDIS My Way trial in the Lower South West

    People with psychosocial disability who previously did not have access to ongoing support are among the growing number of individuals to benefit from the State Government's National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) My Way trial in the Lower South West.


    In the three months to March, the number of eligible people with psychosocial disability who joined the trial increased to 71, up from 44 in December.


    Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said NDIS My Way was providing people with psychosocial disability an opportunity to access ongoing support in their day-to-day lives such as re-joining the workforce, travelling to medical appointments, improving their fitness or increasing their social connections.   


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


    "The NDIS My Way trial is opening up new pathways for people with psychosocial disability thanks to our close partnership with the mental health sector to ensure everyone who might be eligible is being assessed by their local My Way Coordinator," Mrs Morton said.


    The most common types of disability for eligible people in the NDIS My Way trial are intellectual disability and autism.


    The Minister said the average cost of funded plans remained below the national average and reinforced the trial's financial sustainability.


    "These positive cost trends, along with our successful track record with mental health community engagement, will ensure that WA NDIS My Way continues to achieve good outcomes for people with disability when the Cockburn-Kwinana area joins the trial on July 1, 2015," she said. 


    Fact File

    • There are two NDIS trials being run in WA. The State Government's WA NDIS My Way trial in the Lower South West and the Federal Government's NDIS National Disability Insurance Agency trial in the Perth Hills area
    • The two approaches are being independently evaluated over a two-year trial period. The outcome of this evaluation will help inform future disability services in WA
    • For more information, visit http://www.disability.wa.gov.au  or call 1800 996 214

    Minister's office - 6552 6900