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Open Minds Australia and Ability Options have joined forces to provide disability, mental health and employment supports for individuals aged 0-65 in the Townsville, Palm Island and Charters Towers communities of North Queensland. This partnership is very timely with the early introduction of the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) to the Townsville, Charters Towers and Palm Island regions.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing individualised support for people living with disability. It’s a whole-of-life approach to providing the support you need to live more independently and work towards achieving your goals and aspirations. The NDIS also focuses on early intervention support in children, which can assist to reduce the impact of disability on you or your child in the future.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is an independent agency responsible for implementing the NDIS.
The Townsville, Palm Island and Charters Towers communities of North Queensland will now be able to access the NDIS earlier than other parts of Queensland. The Townsville, Palm Island and Charters Towers areas are referred to as the ‘early launch’ sites.
Am I eligible for the NDIS?
Around 1,600 people are expected to be eligible for the NDIS in the early launch sites, with 600 of these expected to be receiving their funded packages from April 2016. The remaining 1000 eligible people will receive their funded packages from July 2016.
The early launch sites include:
You may be eligible if you:
Are under the age of 18 in the Townsville and Charters Towers communities or are a person with disability living on Palm Island and meet the eligibility requirements outlined on the NDIS web site at www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-access-checklist
Our partnership brings together two of Australia’s leading Not For Profit organisations with over 140 years of combined experience.
Established in 1912, Open Minds is a national leader shaping and delivering high quality mental health, disability, residential, employment and supports across Queensland. Open Minds has a strong community footprint and positive reputation in and are committed to meet changing client needs and community service expectations.
Ability Options is a leading provider of supports through community services, accommodation and employment for people across New South Wales. More recently we have been a pioneering organisation providing participants with choice and tailored services through the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the NSW Hunter Trial site and Nepean-Blue Mountains launch area.
To talk to us about transitioning to the NDIS, phone Lorraine Dyke on 07 4412 7200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Minds | Ability Options
287 Ross River Road Aitkenvale, QLD 4814
For further information about NDIS in Queensland visit www.ndis.gov.au or www.communities.qld.gov.au/ndis
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