Teaching and supervision
Thesis title: Service delivery models for children with disability in rural, regional, and remote Australia.Supervisors: Steven CUMMING , Michelle LINCOLN
Individualised funding is fast becoming the preferred method for administering disability services across the globe. In Australia, this is manifesting in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Trial sites for the NDIS are being watched closely by consumers and clinicians alike, and the scheme is projected to be in place across Australia before the end of 2016. With some minor exceptions, the NDIS will replace all government-based services, so people with disability (PWD) will be in charge of their own lifestyle planning and supports rather than accessing government departments for assistance. In the words of the National Disability Insurance Act, individuals will now have “choice” and “control” over their lives now and in the future. (NDIS Act, 2013)
This article examines how PWD might access allied health services through the NDISthe term “services” will refer to allied health services. Individual funding may have the potential to foster a wide variety of choice in services and supports for PWD, but in rural and remote areas in Australia, there are fewer services available from which participants are able to choose. Families in rural and remote areas who currently access individual funding have identified barriers to improved self-efficacy including a lack of information and advice, difficulty in managing individual funding packages independently, higher prices for services, and a lack of variety in services in their local area (Dew et al., 2013).