Changes to Our Tasmanian Government Funded Children's Therapy Services
Over many years the Tasmanian Government has funded StGiles to provide therapy services to children with developmental delays and disability in the North and South of Tasmania.
From 1st July 2019 this will change.
We have always strived to ensure that the services we provide are delivered by high quality therapists and achieve the best outcomes for the families and children we work with. This will not change and we will continue to service our community with the same passion that has driven our organisation for over 80 years.
The Tasmanian Government will continue to fund some Children’s Therapy Services at St Giles. This will predominantly be therapy that is unlikely to be available through the Early Childhood Early Intervention Partners or the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
SO WHERE CAN I ACCESS THERAPY SERVICES FOR MY CHILD?
If you have concerns about your child’s development or your child has a disability and is under the age of 7 you can seek services through the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) program. Please call 1800 572 152 to get in touch with your local ECEI partner.
Below is a link that provides a step by step process on how to access the ECEI program:
For children who are 7 or older, and have a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities, you may be eligible for funding for therapy through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). You can call 1800 800 110 to find out more.
Below is a link to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) website where you can find out how to access this service.
If you think that your child will not be eligible for either of these services you can self-refer to St Giles Therapy Services via our website. We will support you to find the right pathway to support.
Please note: St Giles Therapy Services is still a NDIS Provider for children and adults seeking therapy support so if you wish to access therapy services through NDIS we can still help. Just contact us on 1300 278 445 or use the link above.
Royal Commission Terms of Reference released
St Giles Society Ltd. supports the establishment of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
We believe that a Commission marks a critical step in promoting the human rights of people with disability, and that it will give people with disability an opportunity to receive justice for any violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation they may have experienced in the past.
St Giles strongly supports the Government’s recommendation for broad and inclusive terms of reference that apply to “all settings and contexts.” In addition to the terms already raised, St Giles encourages the Commission to consider:
- Expanding the terms of reference to include a review of, and recommendations to improve, the justice system’s handling of people with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
- The need to ensure best practice accessibility by the Royal Commission to maximise inclusion and voice of people with disability. This means ensuring not just physical access, but also communication access, and developing strategies to ensure the Royal Commission’s processes respect and address the impact of disempowerment on people with disability who might want to participate in the Royal Commission
St Giles remains committed to safeguarding the rights of people with disability, and to helping establish a national culture of inclusion, accessibility and respect for all individuals.
This should be a Royal Commission for and about the human rights of Australians with disability. Its time is due. St Giles looks forward to fully supporting the Royal Commission to achieve its objectives.