In The Media | 21 December 2015

Intereach says respite care waiting lists consistently long but hope under National Disability Insurance Scheme

FAMILIES of people with a disability are still battling long waiting lists for respite care in Wagga, but there is hope the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) grants families reprieve once it is rolled out.

The NDIS – already launched in other parts of Australia – is set to arrive in Wagga in June 2017. In the lead-up, industry experts are currently debating the role of carers in the transformed system.

“I think the biggest concern will be what happens to carers in an emergency or crisis situation,” Intereach Wagga manager Deborah Russell said.

Ms Russell said while there was still a need for fine tuning of the NDIS ahead of its arrival, the shift to a new funding model had the overwhelming support of the industry.

Source: The Daily Advertiser