Staff of the National Rural Health Alliance were pleased to join 250 other groups around Australia in celebrating Every Australian Counts Day with an office DisabiliTea yesterday morning.
The Alliance recognises the great potential of the NDIS to improve the lives of rural people with a disability – and their carers.
At the morning tea the Alliance’s Executive Director, Gordon Gregory, said the introduction of the scheme has brought into strong focus the issue of equity for people living with disability in rural and remote areas. He described how the scheme would put resources into the hands of people with a disability so that they could make their own informed and supported choices about how their needs may be best met. It might be to purchase physical supports and aids equipment, access to specialised care, or something as simple securing transport assistance to get to school. He said the NDIS was launched in four locations on 1 July 2013, emphasising the fact that these are not trials but the beginnings of the roll-out of the scheme.