The NDIS officially passed Federal Parliament in early 2013. More than six years on, the program, while still in its early development, has been gradually reaching more and more Australians afflicted with disabilities. Disability care reform has changed significantly throughout Australian history. In the 1970s, care for the disabled was largely institutionalised, promoting stigma and inequality. Thankfully, things have changed, and the nature of care provided has shifted from institutions to more community-based, in the form of community services and disability housing. NDIS occupational therapy is used by 00 000 people – they are using the program in New South Wales as of December 2018, which has been in effect in most parts of the state since 2017. So, here are several reasons why Australia needs the NDIS.
One of the primary benefits of having national program and federal platform is that there is less likelihood of people falling through the cracks and missing out on much needed support. A federal program ensures that there is a safety net for those with disabilities and that they get the support services they need to improve their lives.
Another advantage of the NDIS is that each plan is personalised and tailored to the person’s specific needs and disability. Support is predicated on the person’s choices and how much care they require. The specifics of the care provided are assessed and devised by the National Disability Insurance Agency, known as the NDIA. They have a set list of criteria, which needs to be met to ensure the person is eligible for the care and to ascertain that the support provided will be successful in its provision.
More consistent and reliable
The NDIS also upholds that each person has their own program. With their own program, people can rest assured that their support will be provided consistently and with greater reliability. Long gone are the days of stigma and discrimination against those with disabilities – the NDIS ensures that disadvantaged people are afforded effective and compassionate care when they need it most.
One of the core benefits of the NDIS platform is the nature of the care provided. Indeed, it is not about just aiding people because they may need it; in fact, it is about building the person’s sense of autonomy, so they don’t have to rely so heavily on disability support services. The care provided can be as minimal or as comprehensive as required, ranging from basic cooking lessons, learning how to wash laundry and how to properly plan events in advance.
More active engagement in the community
Furthermore, the nature of care provided within the NDIS guarantees that disadvantaged Australians can take up a more active role in the community. In the past, people with disabilities would have been forced to reside in institutions, with minimal engagement with the outside world. Fortunately, approaches to mental illness have changed, meaning that people with disabilities are encouraged to be more active in the community, as opposed to shying away from it. This could range from getting involved in community groups, like sporting teams or book clubs.
More early intervention
Early intervention is generally viewed as being a more effective method of disability support care. In fact, the dominant literature and studies would confirm that regular, early care for children with disabilities will benefit them far greater in the long-term than if they were to receive the care for the first time as adults. Furthermore, promoting earlier care for young children also builds their confidence, self-esteem and sense of value, which is incredibly important. As a result, the NDIS has been very effective in building a culture of acceptance and inclusivity for all people.