This coming Monday, the University of New England will host a forum for disability service providers and other stakeholders to prepare for the impending rollout of the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the region.
It is a crucial conversation as the NDIS represents the biggest innovation in Australian service delivery since the introduction of Medicare in 1975 and will revolutionise the way disability care is provided.
As coordinator for the Community Research and Innovation Network (CRaIN) for health and wellbeing in regional, rural and remote communities across the New England North West, UNE will provide a platform for discussion and the opportunity to learn from the experiences of pilot sites.
“UNE is committed to ensuring the community is prepared for the NDIS,” Associate Professor David Miron, CRaIN coordinator, said.
“We will discuss a broad range of topics including building capacity in managers, financial models and engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities when implementing the NDIS.
“Our panel of presenters is diverse and includes representatives from the National Disability Service; Aging, Disability & Home Care; as well as the National Disability Insurance Agency. I am confident it will be a fruitful session.”
CRaIN was specifically established to develop a better and shared understanding of social and mental health in the region and will eventually provide evidence-based research that can assist with understanding the impact of the NDIS on regional, rural and remote communities.
More than 40 organisations have confirmed attendance and the event will be held at the UNE Tablelands Clinical School with a 9.00am start.
Contact: A/Prof David Miron on 6773 2117 or 0400 616 540.