As the rollout of the NDIS gathers momentum towards its completion date of 2020, there are a growing number of reports around the success or otherwise of the Scheme. The most recent is a study undertaken by Flinders University reviewing the roll out of the NDIS which suggests that, at a high level, the program is largely successful but that as many as 20% of recipients are feeling worse off.
As you may know, Charlton Brown has a long history of training skilled workers to provide individual support for people living with disability and, as such, we have taken a great interest in the roll out of the NDIS funding. Whilst it can be a little confusing it’s important that we understand the fundamental premise of the NDIS funding. The NDIS is the latest policy that shifts funding from institutions to the consumers. The premise is that individual consumers will more effectively and efficiently access the services that they need to support their unique needs.
Whilst we applaud the Commonwealth’s position we are also a little concerned about what this might mean for the services provided to vulnerable people, most notably in two areas:
1 – Full time family carers
For the first time, the funding provides for family members who have traditionally provided unpaid and unfunded care the opportunity to access financial assistance which is long overdue. The concern we have is that caring for family members with a disability is a function of both skill and will. With the greatest intentions in the world there are risks that need to be managed, from personal injury prevention to building individual support plans.
2 – Unregulated service providers
With $22 Billion being moved into the hands of consumers who, for the first time, will engage carers directly, there is a risk that well-meaning but unaccredited disability support programs will try to take advantage of this new funding.
Whilst there is no such thing as a perfect system, Charlton Brown encourages the Commonwealth and recipients of the NDIS funding to ensure that all care providers have a minimum CHC33015 Certificate III Individual Support (Disability). By introducing this basic accreditation into the system, as a very minimum we create a framework that improves the quality of care and ensures improved safety of both the support person and the recipient of their care.
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CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
By looking into the essential knowledge and skillsets required to provide person-centred support to those with a disability, this qualification will also enable you to assist a disabled person to communicate and achieve their goals.