Benalla Health held the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) becoming available to local people on Wednesday, October 4.
The NDIS is a new way for people living with a disability to receive the funding required to enable them to get the care and support they need to live a better life.
Benalla Health has been providing services as part of the NDIS since October1.
The launch, which took place at the Ray Sweeney Benalla Community Care Centre, was hosted Benalla Health’s director of community health Neil Stott.
Mr Stott said the launch was a success and went really well.
‘‘We had 20 people in attendance along with myself and our chief executive officer Janine Holland, who did the official launch,’’ Mr Stott said.
‘‘We had a video of two of our clients who will be part of the NDIS program when it starts up.
‘‘They’ve been coming to Benalla Health for quite a while and they agreed to do a video promotion for the launch as they are very happy with the service they’ve received from us over the years.’’
Benalla Health will offer a range of NDIS services including:
●paediatric occupational therapy;
●paediatric speech pathology
Mr Stott said Benalla Health was not trying to offer every service available under the NDIS.
‘‘We are providing allied health and nursing as well as day activity programs,’’ Mr Stott said.
‘‘We’re in a transitional phase and we currently have patients that are are still transitioning from their old provider to NDIS.
‘‘Most local people who are in a disability program will already be getting letters from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) who are responsible for the NDIS program.’’
A major benefit of the NDIS program becoming available in Benalla is that is will give people the choice to see the same medical professionals they visit for other health issues when it comes to their disability.
‘‘They can come to us for health reasons not related to their disability,’’ Mr Stott said.
‘‘They might already be receiving help for their disability, but now they can come to us for other health reasons.
‘‘It’s all integrated together and I think that’s a really important thing.’’
In order to be eligible to use NDIS services a person needs to meet the requirements of the NDIA.
To find out if you meet the requirements to be eligible for the NDIS, visit www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-access-checklist.html
After confirming eligibility you will need to meet with a NDIA support planner to discuss your needs.
They will help you formulate a plan and once this is agreed funding will be allocated, which will allow access to services offered by Benalla Health.
●For more information, visit www.benallahealth.org.au/CommunityHealth/NationalDisabilityInsuranceScheme-573