Disability Care Australia launch

RIDBC Hunter welcomes the launch of the NDIS

On 1 July, 2013 the first four launch sites for DisabilityCare Australia will go live – including the Hunter region in NSW. As the date nears, the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) and other service providers are busy preparing for the new funding landscape.

RIDBC Hunter currently provides individualised therapy and education programs to more than 60 families of children with vision or hearing loss in the Hunter region and the centre will be captured in the first roll-out in NSW.

RIDBC is dedicated to ensuring the very best outcomes for children with vision or hearing loss, and their families.

“We believe that DisabilityCare Australia will provide much needed financial support to those facing the challenges that are often associated with living with a disability, and we are committed to working within the new framework to continue to deliver our expert educational programs and therapy services to children and families,” said RIDBC Director of Clinical Services, Mr Craig Thomson.

“At RIDBC, we pride ourselves on delivering family-centred, individual programs for children with vision or hearing loss and we have been working for some time reviewing and enhancing our programs in readiness for the new person-centred funding model.”

For RIDBC, DisabilityCare will enable more government funding to provide more targeted services to meet the specialist needs of children with vision or hearing loss.

“Children with vision or hearing loss may have development needs which can be met through additional, specialist therapy.  We can now build on the capabilities of person-centred funding to provide these services for families,” said Mr Thomson.

RIDBC is closely tracking the developments of DisabilityCare and has been working with government from the start.

10,000 people in the Local Government Areas of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland will be able to access an NDIS package during the launch program. The Scheme will then be progressively rolled out across NSW and the rest of Australia.