Friday, 24 March 2017
Concerns there won’t be enough providers in regional areas under NDIS
ABC North and West
The Dignity Party is concerned there won’t be enough providers in regional areas under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Dignity Party MLC, Kelly Vincent says more than 32,000 South Australians are expected to receive support under the scheme but she says there’s still gaps in regional areas and many providers are struggling in the transition period. The State Government says almost 6,000 new jobs will be created in the sector by the time the roll-out’s completed in July next year. Ms Vincent says she wants to see more support for people to move into the disability support industry in regional areas:
“Certainly I think the wait under the NDIS is having a particular difficult impact on regional families who in turn might be having to take time out of the workforce to support their family member with a disability if they’re not properly supported and that’s why it’s really important that we centre the supports around the person with the disability.” (I) “Think it would be good to see places like Regional Development Boards for example really promoting this and promoting disability fields – whether that be support work or administration or speech pathology or OT whatever it might be as an opportunity because lots of people might have those existing skills but haven’t used them in their line of work.”