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Cross-sector collaboration - an essential ingredient for NDIS success


A new report by the University of Sydney and the Young People In Nursing Homes National Alliance shows that improved collaboration across governments and services is essential to successfully deliver the National Disability Insurance Scheme for people with complex health and disability needs.

According to Ros Madden from the University of Sydney’s Centre for Disability Research and Policy, the report highlights that disability is a whole of government issue and collaboration with mainstream services must be a key focus for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

According to Ms Madden, The NDIS will issue funds to purchase services and supports from disability service providers but most people will still require access to mainstream services like health, education and housing.  The sustainability of the scheme and its ability to improve people’s lives depends on the complexities of how these services work together. Some people require a lot of support to find their way through these systems and get the right mix of services that they need.

Dr Bronwyn Morkham, Head of the Young People In Nursing Home National Alliance, says many young Australians with a disability require services from several areas of the human services system at the same time but rarely get them as the systems often don’t work well together.

Dr Morkham found that the report showed that many young people end up living in nursing homes or hospitals instead of living with their families in the community because the available services do not collaborate effectively.

The report explores best-practice examples of coordination currently occurring in the disability sector and recommends the NDIS roll-out incorporate and trial potential models.

Click here to download the report: Cross sector service coordination for people with high and complex needs: Harnessing existing evidence and knowledge, was supported by funding from the National Disability Insurance Agency.

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