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THE National Disability Insurance Scheme
(NDIS) will be rolled out across the region
from October 1 bringing benefits for people
with a disability, their families and those
looking for work in the healthcare industry.
Latrobe Community Health Service was
awarded the tender to deliver the service to
the Inner Gippsland region which includes
the local government areas of Baw Baw,
Latrobe, Bass Coast and South Gippsland.
McMillan MP Russell Broadbent Latrobe
Community Health will employ more than
50 extra people in the region to serve more
than 3700 people with a disability in Inner
Gippsland “as they transition to the National
Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)” .
LCHS will also work closely with Link
Health & Community, which will be providing
Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) in
“ ECEI is all about making sure children
and families have the skills, resources and
confidence they need to part of the commu-
nity, ” Mr Broadbent said.
“ The Federal Government remains fully
committed to implementing the NDIS, offer-
ing lifelong support for people with a disabil-
ity, their families and carers.
“ The transition to the full scheme is an ex-
tremely complex venture, and eventually is
expected to cover about 460,000 people. It is
critical to ensure that it develops sustainably,
on time and on budget.”
NDIS information sessions will be held
this month, aimed at the broad community,
including people with disability who may be
eligible for the NDIS, and local organisations
interested in doing business with the NDIS.
Local sessions will be held at:
• Leongatha: South Gippsland Shire Coun-
cil Chambers, Tuesday, April 18, 10.30am to
noon and 6.30pm to 8pm.
• San Remo: Recreation Centre, Thursday,
May 4, 1 .30pm to 3pm
• Wonthaggi: Town Hall, Thursday, May 4,
6pm to 7.30pm and Friday, May 5, 10am to
It is expected up to about 4600 people will
be eligible to join the NDIS in this region -
an increase of more 1300 people from those
currently receiving support in the Inner
The National Disability Insurance Scheme
(NDIS) is the new way of providing support
for Australians with disability, their families
To become an NDIS participant a person
• Have a permanent disability that signifi-
cantly affects their ability to take part in ev-
• Be aged less than 65 when they first enter
• Be an Australian citizen or hold a per-
manent visa or a Protected Special Category
• Live in Australia where the NDIS is avail-
Brad Nash, NDIA Regional Manager for
Eastern Victoria said the NDIS gives all Aus-
tralians peace of mind that if their child or
loved one is born with or acquires a signifi-
cant disability they will get the support they
“Every NDIS participant will have a plan
that is tailored to their individual goals, cir-
cumstances and support needs.
“The Scheme will help people with disability
achieve their personal goals; this may include
greater independence, community involve -
ment, employment and improved wellbeing. ”
“The NDIS gives participants the choice and
control to choose the provider or providers
that are right for them. ”
By 2019, the scheme will support about
460,000 Australians with disability and invest
$22 billion a year in services and equipment.
Mr Nash said there are significant growth
opportunities for providers who respond to
this new demand.
Some specific examples of support and ser-
vices that might be provided to NDIS partici-
pants by registered providers:
• personal care and support
• therapy services
• essential equipment
• living skills like shopping or cooking
Providers are individuals or organisations
that deliver a support or a product to a par-
ticipant in the NDIS.
To register with the NDIS, providers need to
consider their suitability to provide services
in the NDIS marketplace and ability to meet
Quality and Safeguards, qualification and
At December 31, 2016, there were 5110
registered NDIS service providers and 37 per
cent of NDIS providers were sole traders.
“The NDIS market will expand dramatically
in coming years, creating significant opportu-
nities for the existing service sector and for
new providers, as well as mainstream busi-
nesses that make their services accessible
and inclusive, ” Mr Nash said.
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CHANGE OF TIME
NDIS here in October
STRUGGLING to find activities for their
children to participate in, two local mums
have taken things into their own hands.
The result is a new dancing group organ-
ised by Emma Draper and Michelle Hackett.
Inspired by the BAM Allstars group formed
in Frankston, the pair is bringing BAM All-
stars to Wonthaggi.
The group’s dance sequences and music
is designed around the ability levels of the
It aims to provide a fun and inclusive rec-
reational activity for all ages, starting on
Saturday, April 22 at the Wonthaggi Scout
Hall from 9.30am.
“Mainstream dance schools don’t fit our
kids,” Emma said.
“They don’t necessarily like the structure
and they do struggle with some of the rou-
“We identified the need here and I started
taking my son Ethan to Frankston last year
to BAM Allstars and that’s when I started
thinking I need to do this locally.
“Knowing a lot of the families in this area
are in a similar situation, their kids love to
dance but the usual dance schools are not a
It gives them value in the community and
a dance group like this gives the kids so -
cial inclusion and that’s the essence of what
BAM Allstars is about.
“I t is a dance group specifically for people
with disabilities, but it is an all-inclusive
group, so everybody is welcome. ”
The first session is free and for more in-
formation you can call Emma on 0466 114
The group is also looking for volunteers to
help with the group and join in the fun.
Ethan Draper, Emma Draper, Erin Dijkman, Janny Dijkman, Michelle Hackett, Anna
Heneghan and Sam Heneghan are excited about the launch of the BAM Allstars dance
group, which will be launched on Saturday, April 22 at the Wonthaggi Scout Hall. The
group is specifically for people with disabilities and is all-inclusive, with all welcome to
join in the fun. rg241517
Dancing for all
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