Mount Isa communique. "Equity from Newcastle to Normanton"

Thursday, 26 June 2014

In Mount Isa today a group of interested individuals and agencies agreed some of the key ways forward to make the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) work well in more remote areas.

The Mount Isa communique outlines a number of topics agreed to be of particular importance for people affected by the changes underway, including dissemination of information about the NDIS and things learned from the rural and remote elements of the four trial sites.

Participants agreed to promote a range of actions for priority attention by the National Disablity Insurance Agency (NDIA). These priorities include a range of serious transport challenges, from micro issues such as appropriate aids and appliances, through to the absence of public transport; and responses to housing and accommodation design challenges – which must be met with equity across the country, whatever the cost.

The National Rural Health Alliance and the National Disability and Carer Alliance organised the meeting in Mount Isa as part of their ongoing work to make the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) fit-for-purpose for rural people.