Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    State Government expands NDIS My Way trial

    30/06/2015 10:10 AM
    • Cities of Cockburn and Kwinana join WA NDIS My Way trial
    • Individualised planning, more choice of support and services
    • People with psychosocial disability now eligible 

    About 2,700 people are expected to benefit when the State Government's WA NDIS My Way starts in Cockburn-Kwinana tomorrow as part of a two-year trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Western Australia.


    Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said she was pleased the trial was being expanded into the metropolitan area after a year of successfully running in the State's Lower South West.


    "This is an important day for people with disability, their families and carers in the Cockburn-Kwinana area," Mrs Morton said.


    "Based on the great outcomes being achieved in the Lower South West, we know that people joining the trial will benefit greatly from the WA NDIS My Way planning process."


    More than 700 people have received support and services as a result of the Lower South West trial. To be eligible, participants must have an intellectual, cognitive, psychosocial, neurological, sensory or physical impairment which is, or likely to be, permanent and require lifetime support.


    Participants will work with a My Way Coordinator to develop plans which reflect their individual needs and goals, and the increased number of service providers in the trial site will give people more support and services to choose from.


    The Minister said these could include access to ongoing support in their day-to-day lives such as re-joining the workforce, improving their fitness or increasing their social and community connections. 


    "The NDIS is the most significant social reform seen in disability services and it fundamentally changes thinking to one of entitlement, not benefit," she said.


    Mrs Morton said she looked forward to hearing about the great outcomes being achieved by people with disability, their families and carers over the next 12 months.


    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 Cockburn-Kwinana and the Federal Government's NDIS National Disability Insurance Agency trial in the Perth Hills
    • The NDIS My Way trial's quarterly reports highlight the positive outcomes being achieved by people with disability
    • For more information, visit http://www.disability.wa.gov.au or call 1800 996 214 

    Minister's office - 6552 6900