Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    Multiple Sclerosis Society wins Government tender

    4/02/2008 8:57 PM

    People with rapidly degenerating neurological conditions will benefit from a $1million tender awarded by the State Government to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia.

    Disability Services Minister Sheila McHale said the new and innovative service would fill a much-needed gap frequently identified by people with disabilities, their families and carers.

    Ms McHale said the funding would allow the society to help up to 100 Western Australians with rapidly escalating support needs to remain living in their homes until they required around-the-clock paid care.

    “This funding is vitally important for the disability sector and will allow the Multiple Sclerosis Society to provide expert, responsive and flexible services to about 100 people per year across WA,” the Minister said.

    “These people will be assisted in several ways including support with personal care, postural and nutritional needs, as well as practical help to attend medical and other appointments.

    “It will also help with respite for their families and carers.

    “A dedicated program co-ordinator will take referrals, arrange prompt assessments and allocate car and support for those accessing this service.”

    Ms McHale said the funding would help people with conditions characterised by rapid and significantly increased support needs, such as motor neurone disease.

    She said the grant was the result of a review in 2007 of how services to people with disabilities could be delivered in the most effective, efficient and equitable way possible.

    “The review highlighted the fact that the commission’s current way of allocating funding was not well suited to people with rapidly deteriorating conditions such as motor neurone disease, and a speedier response was required,” the Minister said.

    “The Carpenter Government is making decisions to benefit all Western Australians, wherever they live.”

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