NDIS: A Watershed
in the Lives of Young People
It is almost a year since young Tasmanians with disability had the chance to become part of the trial for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
A new Federal Government five months into the trial and a change of State Government in March have not impacted on St Giles’ momentous task to adapt, learn and keep working to improve lives within the changing disability system.
`` We took a number of pro-active steps to ready ourselves for the introduction of the scheme, it has been difficult to plan fully for something that did not yet exist,’’ St Giles Chief Executive Ian Wright said.
``Our involvement with the trial has been extensive with many existing and new clients entering the scheme at an early stage.
``It has been particularly pleasing to see that the State Government has recognised from the outset the challenges which will arise as providers transition from one system to another and as a consequence have clients in both.
``The State Government’s willingness to listen and provide support in addressing ongoing transition issues is greatly appreciated,’’ Mr Wright said.
A year on it appears that the scheme will deliver the positives so eagerly sought by people living with disability, their carers and service providers in general.
In addition to this there has been a very positive impact on the staff and the organisation as a whole as we begin to examine and understand ways that we may be able to improve and do things differently
``But it will take time – a generation or at least 10 years – before we see the scheme become embedded and effective for people with disability and their support networks and service providers like St Giles.
``This is a watershed moment in the lives of people living with disability and we are proud to be taking an active role in the delivery of the scheme,’’ Mr Wright said.
Further information can be found at www.disabilitycareaustralia.gov.au
It must be remembered that this work will not be finished in a few years, but is one which will have to be continued indefinitely ..''
AE Wyett and Tom Room, Annual Report, December 1938