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NDIS rollout timetable compromising planning process

The rollout schedule, quality of plans and provider readiness are putting the NDIS at risk. These were the concerns to emerge from a Productivity Commission draft paper released last week.  The Commission also described the rollout timetable for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as “highly ambitious”. Many of the concerns raised in the paper […]

NSW Budget puts $3 billion+ into disability

The 2017-2018 NSW Budget has earmarked over $3 billion for disability. It includes $2 billion recurrent funding for supports and services, including $1.3 billion to the National Disability Insurance Agency for clients who are being supported under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  $1.4 billion will assist people with disability participate socially and economically in […]

Disability Innovation Institute a ‘first’

University of NSW platform will combine disability studies across all faculties and disciplines. The university-based initiative is a first, with its cross-faculty inclusive disability focus that combines Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM) and Humanities and Science (HAS) research. This is intended to design accessible and inclusive working, living and learning environments, generate innovative technologies and […]

NDIS price increases but not for therapy services

The NDIA has released its 2017/18 pricing review with price increases to three support services. However, there will be no increases for therapy services although there are changes to loadings for remote areas and therapy cancellations. The NDIA is also undertaking an Independent Price Review. Both initiatives are integral to the National Disability Insurance Agency […]

Reassuring message from EnableNSW

Support for people transitioning to the NDIS from EnableNSW will continue. This was the message from EnableNSW at the ATSA Sydney Expo. It was clearly a topic of interest judging by the attendance to a seminar held at the event.  Many issues were clarified by clinical advisors who spoke at the seminar with many services […]

NDIS participant rates set to rise significantly

NDIS participant numbers for the over 65s could reach 100,000 within a decade. In a recently released paper from the Australian National University School of Social Sciences this could have implications for budget allocations between the NDIS and the aged card system. The figures are based on results showing the NDIS-eligible, ageing population is projected to […]

NDIS funding issues gather momentum

Getting access to NDIS funding has become complicated and drawn out.  Speaking to visitors and suppliers at the recent ATSA Expos, F2L was told, not surprisingly, that there seems to be a funding backlog across the assistive technology sector that stretches from wheelchairs through to vehicle modifications. While most who spoke to F2L acknowledged that […]

ATSA Expo’s an “outstanding success”

“What was achieved at this year’s ATSA expo’s was a credit to the industry.” This was the comment made to F2L by ATSA executive officer, David Sinclair.  ATSA, with the support from the industry, had 225 exhibition stands across the Sydney and Brisbane events. “The expos were an opportunity for consumers and healthcare professionals to engage with […]

ATSA survey alert for members, non-members

Survey alert for members or potential members of Assistive Technology Suppliers Australasia.  The industry group that represents Australian AT suppliers is undergoing a review of its services as part of a five-year strategic plan and wants your input.  The survey is intended to gain an understanding on the industry’s knowledge of the services ATSA provides and […]