Problems regional areas face with the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme

ABC RADIO NORTH & WEST

A shortage of qualified professionals is just one of the problems regional areas face with the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Dignity Party MLC Kelly Vincent says the scheme will have many benefits with plans to suit individual needs but she says there are some extra difficulties for country South Australians. Ms Vincent says there are long waiting lists to be assessed for a plan. She says Eyre Peninsula service providers have raised concerns about transport issues:

“The lack of service providers on the ground compared to metropolitan South Australia. So it’s all very well and good to have a particular service allocated in your plan, but if there’s no one providing that service on the ground you’re going to have some challenges in getting the best out of that plan.”

“It’s an exciting time but it’s also a time of immense change. We’ve also been meeting with local service providers who have a lot of concerns particularly around transport for service providers who might have to travel great distances to provide service to clients in regional and remote areas.”