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NDIS pressures aired at PDCN AGM

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Evidence from a NSW Legislative Council Inquiry has found that disability reforms associated with the NDIS is resulting in greater strain on community services, according to NSW Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Steve Kinmond (pictured). Speaking at the Physical Disability Council of NSW AGM, Kinmond said it was apparent that these strains are not always due to inadequate supports by disability services. “They can be related to the current system change which needs appropriate repositioning of responsibility for provision of community supports to mainstream services. While I agree that these shifts are necessary, they present significant risks to people with disability in the short-term.”

He said it was essential for a comprehensive approach to addressing these heightened risks, particularly while mainstream services are building their expertise and capacity “Community advocacy agencies have played, and will continue to play, a vital role in this regard and their advocacy has resulted in impressive reforms.”

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Source:
Kymberly Martin, 2018, Freedom2Live (https://www.freedom2live.com.au/)

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