Bright side of the 'new-born':
NDIS-Benefits are already being realised
'' Realising the benefits of the scheme is critical for the wellbeing of people with disability and for ensuring that the community continues to be willing to pay for the scheme...some of the benefits are being realised'':
increased supports — more hours of support, a wider range of supports and greater access to equipment — than under the previous system;
on average, improved wellbeing of NDIS participants and their families and carers;
given people more choice and control over their supports
increased social participation for some scheme participants and their carers
'' The Commission also received numerous submissions supporting these findings. As one disability advocate said:
… I have seen the life changes in people with disability who now have the NDIS funding. They are now accessing community, have a good life and have hope for their futures. The burdens are off the family, some aged carers, and there is job creation. Broken wheelchairs are now being replaced and people who never had wheelchairs, now have and can access the community. I now see happy people. ''
As an NDIS provider, GRS is optimistic about the changes brought by the NDIS. Based on our professional training , years of clinical experience as well as the latest evidence, we can conclude that the current NDIS 'Goal Orientated' model will be the critical component for its sustainability and success for its future. When compared to the previous 'Needs Focus' model, for which the service and interventions were based on the clinicians and providers' perception of the participant's needs rather than focusing on the goals which are important, meaningful & specific to the participant's life.
We believe that this fundamental paradigm shift will be able to allow the NDIS participants and their carers to be on the driver's seat to direct and coordinate the care targeting the quality of their life rather than only focusing on their essential needs.