Learn how to navigate the NDIS

Navigating the intricacies of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can be a challenge for health care professionals. Many people who should be receiving support under the NDIS are missing out.

Next Thursday 10 June, the Lismore, Casino and Kyogle Clinical Society is hosting a CPD Bites event that will help make understanding the NDIS a little easier.

CPD Bites is an opportunity to meet with local health colleagues, have a bite to eat, and learn bite-sized CPD. The event is being held from 6–8 pm at Invercauld House, 163 Invercauld Road, Goonellabah. It will feature local service coordinators discussing effective referral pathways and early childhood intervention.

Attendees will gain insight into different NDIS journeys, discover who can and cannot access the NDIS, and learn about a range of practical resources that can help support clients and patients.

An open forum discussion will provide a great opportunity to ask questions on navigating the NDIS. Takeaways will include:

  • improving your understanding of the NDIS for people living with disability
  • knowing whether a patient is likely to meet the NDIS disability requirements
  • learning about the role of local area coordinators and early childhood partners
  • being able to identify effective referral pathways and options to ensure continuity of patient care
  • increased awareness, confidence and understanding of the early childhood intervention pathway and the role of the early childhood partner in the local community.

Speakers on the night will include Donna Jones, ECEI Community Capacity Building Facilitator, Northcott; Lynda Hope, Manager Capacity Building and Engagement, Local Area Coordinators, Social Futures; and Linda Doolan, Acting Assistant Director Community Engagement, National Disability Insurance Agency.

Ms Jones said it was particularly important that clinicians identify effective referral pathways in early childhood intervention, to help reduce the impacts of the child’s disability or developmental delay.

‘The early years are important for a child’s long-term development and getting the right support early on helps lay the foundation for future abilities,’ she said. ‘There is also evidence that suggests that families’ initial experience with health professionals at this critical time can have a major and lasting influence on their ability to cope with their child’s developmental delay or disability.

‘If we can help clinicians easily identify the pathway for support, then we can ensure families are not only well supported from the start of their ECEI journey, but their child can access the individual supports they need without delay.’

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