MP: Let's talk disability services
LISMORE MP Thomas George has encouraged people with a disability, their families and carers to register for the final round of consultations on the NSW Government's reforms to the funding of disability services.
"The NSW Liberals & Nationals are committed to empowering people with a disability, allowing them to pick and choose the services they want through individualised funding packages," Mr George said.
"Individualised funding and personalised supports are a key requirement for a National Disability Insurance Scheme, and our reforms will ensure that NSW is NDIS ready."
Consultations will be held at St Vincent's Private Hospital Education Centre, Dalley St, Lismore on May 10 and 11.
People can register by going to www.adhc.nsw.gov.au or by calling 1300 550 913.
The first round of consultations began in July last year, with more than 3300 people attending 175 community sessions across the state. The outcome of those consultations has been used to develop a discussion paper which will inform people about the new direction for disability services at the local consultations.
"This is the most significant reform to the delivery of disability services in NSW history. Every individual has the right to choice, to respect and to the best support that can be offered," Mr George said.
"We are moving away from a system in which service providers are block-funded, to one in which people with a disability are funded directly, allowing them to pick and choose their own supports."
The technical development of the new funding model will be finalised by early 2013, before its implementation in mid-2014.