People with a disability and their families are being encouraged to attend information sessions on the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) this week in Bairnsdale and Orbost.
Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, who is also the Shadow Minister for Disability, said the scheme becomes available to those in East Gippsland who meet the access requirements, from July 1, 2018.
“The NDIS is a new way to help people with disability get care and support services and will mean a lot of changes for disability services in the region, so it is important for families to be educated.
“I am pleased to support the information sessions being provided this week by the Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with a Disability at Bairnsdale and Orbost,” he said.
“The information sessions will be presented by Christine Scott who has been involved in the rollout of the NDIS since 2013.
“I congratulate the Children with Additional Needs working group for bringing these information sessions to East Gippsland.
“It is vital that such significant changes to services for people with disabilities are accompanied by accurate information so that individuals and their families can get the best out of the NDIS.
Mr Bull said the Orbost information session would be held in the boardroom of the Orbost Regional Health from 4:30pm to 6:30pm on Wednesday, September 20.
The Bairnsdale information session will be held at the Bairnsdale RSL on Thursday, September 21, from 10:00am to noon.
“I encourage everyone with an interest in the NDIS to attend these information sessions,” Mr Bull said.
Caption: Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, with NDIS information session organisers (back) Jess Alexander (Uniting Gippsland), Andrew Gowland (parent), Darren Webster (Gippsland Primary Health Network), (centre) Julie Storey (autism consultant), Shelly Wormald (Gippsland Lakes Community Health), Rachel Bell (Save the Children), Katrina Turner (parent), and (front) Julie Backhouse (East Gippsland Specialist School).
Monday, September 18, 2017