“Make It Work” the NDIS can benefit everyone if we work together.
14 November 2018 in NDIS & WA NDIS
The Make It Work forums by Every Australian Counts are being held in capital cities and regional towns across Australia. The forums will give people with disability and their families the opportunity to have their say about the issues that matter most to them.
Nicki Dyson, Executive Manager – People and Culture attended the Perth session on November 9, read what she has to say about the event.
[The forum] was great as it provided people the space to share their experiences of NDIS, what is working well and what needs to change. Carers, people with funding and provider organisations took the time to share their experiences and learn from each other.
It was exciting to have State and Federal members attend including Senator Jordan-Steele John, Member for Fremantle Mr Josh Wilson and Hon Peter Collier, Shadow Minister for Disability services.
Some common themes and issues raised included planners not understanding what participants could be eligible for, an example being transition to employment funding; the difficulty for providers still operating in three different systems in terms of pricing, funding and reporting; and the rollout of NDIS being slower than anticipated, which is causing anxiety for people with funding and difficulties for organisation in planning and recruiting staff.
Some of these issues were then taken into a discussion and a solutions forum which gave people the chance to talk about how it could work better for all involved.
Every Australian Counts captured approximately 27 such solutions that will be reported back to State and Federal Government and to the NDIS, giving hope that concerns raised will be acted upon.
One which really stood out for me and is one often spoken about, was the importance of having local NDIS staff in local offices as the ‘go-to place’ for people with a disability, so it doesn’t simply become a national call centre churning through calls to meet targets. In WA we need a local approach that understands the local landscape and people’s needs. It’s simply not one size fits all.
At the conclusion of the session it was valuable to remember that we sometimes need to pause and consider how the NDIS is at the cutting edge in terms of creating a fair and sustainable approach for people with disability and psychosocial support requirements. We can all play a part to have our voices heard by using forums such as these to keep challenging the NDIS model so improvements can be made for participants to achieve the funding and outcomes that are important to leading a good life.