Bishops support National Disability Insurance Scheme
Australia’s Catholic Bishops support the recommendations from the Productivity Commission’s draft report for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which aims to present a new paradigm of service delivery for people with disabilities and their families.
The Bishops believe that people with disabilities should be able to participate fully in society and, therefore, support the recommendations for a national scheme, which it is hoped will create more opportunities and effective services for people with disabilities.
In a statement, the Bishops said that the current national approach to disability services was crisis‐driven, welfare‐based and lacked dignity. The new scheme aims to ensure better accessibility, choice and control over service delivery.
The Chairman of the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life, Bishop Eugene Hurley, said it was critical that social justice was taken into consideration in this area and the proposed scheme could deliver this to families.“The scheme will ensure that there is funding for essential care for people with disabilities including respite, therapy, aids, equipment, home modification and access to community care and education.”
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