National Disability Services and the Teamwork Works Campaign

Melba are supporting the Teamwork Works campaign because of  Changes to the NDIS.

As most of you would have experienced, changes to how the NDIS is being run have caused a lot of challenges for participants and disability service providers including Melba. We are now highly concerned about hidden policy shifts and a lack of transparency in how the scheme is being run.

Melba is calling for urgent reforms of the NDIS, including a review of Supported Independent Living (SIL) which includes group homes, and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) so each person with a disability receives appropriate funding levels.

As part of our advocacy around the NDIS, we are supporting the new campaign, run by the National Disability Services (NDS), the peak organisation for disability service providers.

The campaign calls for a strong NDIS in the lead up to the next national election and asks the Australian Government to deliver the 3 Ps for the NDIS: proper Planning, fair and independent Pricing and genuine Partnership.

Look at https://www.nds.org.au/

VALID Vaccine Ambassador

Most Victorians are now vaccinated against COVID-19, but many people with intellectual disabilities are still unvaccinated. The Victorian Government has funded VALID as a Vaccine Ambassador to assist people with intellectual disabilities to access whatever support they need to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Supports people have used so far include in-home vaccination, sedation, using a VR headset during the injection, skipping the queues at vaccination centres, going to a low-sensory clinic, free transport, in-hospital vaccination and more.

Since the program started in mid-October, we have heard from a lot of service providers with questions about vaccinations including:

  • What do we do if someone refuses to get vaccinated but we’re not sure if they really understand the decision?
  • How should we respond when families refuse consent for their family member to get vaccinated?
  • How can we make sure that we’ve followed the law and NDIS guidance when it comes to decisions about vaccination?
  • What is our liability as a provider if we allow unvaccinated people to use our community-based programs?
  • Are we allowed to exclude unvaccinated people from our services?

VALID vaccinated

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Submissions to New Inquiry into current NDIS implementation into the Future

Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme has set two closing dates for submissions: 29 October 2021 for consideration in an interim report, and a second submission closing date of 28 February 2022 for consideration in a final report (submissions received by 29 October may also be considered in a final report).

Inquiry into the future of the NDIS

 

 

Victorian Government Specialist Disability Accommodation Policies Feedback Required – Now due 10 December 2021