An NDIS will be aimed at those who are most in need, providing long term, high quality support for around 410,000 people who have a permanent disability that significantly affects their communication, mobility, self-care or self-management.
It will focus on intensive early intervention, particularly for people where there is good evidence that it will substantially improve functioning or delay or lessen a decline in functioning.
It will also include a comprehensive information and referral service, to help people with a disability who need access to mainstream, disability and community supports.
An NDIS will give all Australians the peace of mind to know that if they have or acquire a disability that leaves them needing daily assistance with everyday life, or if they care for someone who has a disability, that they will be supported.
The first stage of the NDIS in Victoria will commence from July 2013 for new clients from birth to 65 years old and for existing clients.
The first stage of the NDIS will operate in the Barwon area of Victoria in the City of Greater Geelong, the Colac-Otway Shire, the Surf Coast Shire and the Borough of Queenscliffe for all eligible residents.
The Barwon area launch will be phased in over three years. Around 4,000 people with disability are expected to benefit from the first stage in year one.
By the third year, around 5,000 people with disability are expected to benefit from the launch stage of the scheme in Victoria.
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Visit the link below to read Ayesha De Kretser's opinion on the NDIS. Ayesha is a jounralist with the Australian Financial Review.
Participants needed for a study on driving behaviour.
Monash University is seeking healthy individuals (aged 18 to 65) with a driver's licence who have not had a brain injury to participate in a study of driving behaviour.
The study will involve completing some paper and pencil tasks and driving in a simulator at Monash University, driving on the road with an instructor and occupational therapist and having a data recording device installed in your vehicle for three months. At no stage is your licence under review and all data recorded will be kept strictly confidential.
Participants will be compensated $40 for their time and by participating you will help other adults who have sustained a traumatic brain injury make a successful return to driving.
If you are interested in participating in this study or finding out more, please contact:
0411 471 250
This project is proudly supported by the Transport Accident Commission.
Families affected by Acquired Brain Injury (FAABI) is a support group for school aged children who have a parent or sibling with an Acquired Brain Injury. The aim is to provide information, support and fun in a relaxed group setting.
To help raise awareness of Acquired Brain Injury, BrainLink distributed some beanies from the BANGONABEANIE campaign to the four south staff at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.Thank you to all the staff for helping spread the word!