Below is information received from Fiona Anderson, NDIS State Campaign Co-ordinator Qld.
Minister for Disability Services, Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Curtis Pitt MP will meet a cross-section of the disability community attending the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) public forum at Belmont Services Bowls Club in Carindale on 12 April 2:30pm-4:30pm.
The Every Australian Counts campaign for an NDIS welcomes Minister’s Pitt’s participation at the forum, which will outline key features of the proposed NDIS and canvass opinions on how to ensure the NDIS delivers support and services to improve the health and well-being of people with disabilities and pave the way for their greater social and economic participation in community life.
The Productivity Commission recently released a draft report recommending the NDIS to replace the current uncoordinated State and Territory-based systems, which the Commission described as – “inequitable, under-funded, fragmented and inefficient and gives people with a disability little choice”
Queensland NDIS campaign coordinator Fiona Anderson, who has a teenage son with a disability, says people with disabilities, their families and carers, supporters, service providers and community members are registering enthusiastically to attend the Carindale NDIS forum, which is part of 20 state-wide NDIS forums organised by the Every Australian Counts campaign for an NDIS.
“The NDIS is not just for people who have disabilities now. Increasingly people realise that disability can happen to anyone, young or old, so it makes sense to have a smart system that can plan to meet future needs cost-effectively, not apply costly, emergency band-aid fixes that are so short-term and inflexible that they create more problems.”
“The Productivity Commission recommends a new, well-designed national system that ensures the people who really need support get it when they need it, wherever they live. There are clear cost benefits to supplying early intervention, support or equipment when needed, before the problem becomes worse and costs more.”