The National Disability Insurance Scheme – What does it mean for realising the rights of people with disabilities and delivering professional support services?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme constitutes a major reform to funding and delivery of disability support services. It represents a paradigm shift from a welfare to a rights based insurance system. Individualised funding, consumer choice and a market in disability services will replace capped block funded services. The NDIS will double funding to disability support services when it is fully rolled out in 2019, and has major implications for professionals, people with disability and their families, and service providers. This seminar provides an overview of the rationale for introduction of the NDIS, its underpinning aims and delivery model. It provides a chance to consider its implications from the perspectives of its various stakeholders and La Trobe University as a major educator of allied health and disability support professionals.
Professor Christine Bigby is the Director of the Living with Disability
Research Centre at La Trobe University. She is a leading researcher in the
field of intellectual disability. Her applied social research has contributed
understanding about policy, programs and practices that are effective in
improving the social inclusion of people with disability. She is currently
leading two national studies funded by the ARC. The first is
investigating ways to embed Person Centred Active Support into every day
staff practice in supported accommodation services. The second is a four -year
study trailing evidence based resources aimed to increase the capacity of
decision making supporters of people with cognitive disability. She has
published over 100 peer reviewed papers and is a visiting Professor of
Disability Research at Halmstad University in Sweden, and the Tizard
Centre at the University of Kent. She was previously editor of Australian Social Work and is now the
founding editor of Research and Practice
in Intellectual and Developmental Disability.