Getting to Grips with the NDIS in remote areas

Friday, 16 May 2014

A public information forum for people in more remote areas, hosted by National Disability and Carer Alliance and National Rural Health Alliance with the people of Mount Isa, will be held at the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health on Thursday 26 June 2014, 9am - 5pm.

This Collaborative Community Forum is to make a contribution to ensuring that, as it matures and is rolled out, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is fit-for-purpose for people living with a disability in more remote areas.

The Forum will provide an opportunity for people with lived experience of disability in more remote areas, their carers, family and other community members they look to for guidance and support to provide input into current developments in the NDIS and its future.

As well as an opportunity for information sharing and networking, participants will also contribute to the development of a Rural and Remote Bulletin for the NDIS - a statement of principles and concerns relating to the operation of the NDIS in rural and remote areas.

The Rural and Remote Bulletin will be further developed after the meeting by the National Disability and Carers Alliance (NDCA) and the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA), who will jointly take the lead in promoting its contents to those in a position to advocate for and act on them.

This Collaborative Community Forum is the final in a series of community consultations that has been organised by the NDCA which, for this rural event, has been joined by the NRHA. Both organisations have an ongoing interest in making sure that people living with a disability in rural and remote areas are well served by the new scheme. The Mount Isa Forum follows the successful roundtable run by the two national organisations at Parliament House, Canberra, on 29 April 2013.

The success of the Forum will be increased by ongoing input from people with relevant experience in rural and remote areas. You are therefore encouraged, not only to attend the Forum on 26 June 2014, but also to provide your views and concerns at any time to the two organisations involved.

RSVP to Dane Morling at the National Rural Health Alliance by email at dane@ruralhealth.org.au or by phone on 02 6285 4660

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