young girl and woman using sign language to communicate

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has fundamentally altered how people with disability receive services and supports in Australia. The impact of this new service delivery model has been felt in full by people with disability as well as the support workers and service providers who serve them.

medical drip with patient in background

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability resumes this week with a public hearing on health care, investigating access to and treatment of people with a cognitive disability, including people with intellectual disability, autism and acquired brain injury, in the health system.

Mobile Bushfire Survival Plan sign inundated by floodwater

Floodwaters have inundated many parts of New South Wales and Queensland with torrential rain, with 391.6mm falling in Sydney. Many regions now affected by flash flooding and storm damage have been battling bushfire emergencies for months. 

Young woman in a wheelchair getting in a car

More flexibility and choice for participants with transport funding were announced by the Minister for the NDIS, the Hon Stuart Robert. From 1 March 2020, NDIS participants will be able to flexibly use their plan’s core support funding to claim service provider costs for transport to and from NDIS funded community-based activities.

pregnant woman on street wearing medical mask

There is an outbreak of a new or "novel" coronavirus (now referred to as Coronavirus Disease or COVID-19) originating from Wuhan, Hubei Province in China with at least fifteen cases confirmed in Australia so far. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

A female nurse supporting an elderly man

The NDIS “Tune” review report was made public in January. David Tune is the former senior public servant commissioned by the Federal Government to review the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). His report contains 29 recommendations on ways to improve the scheme. Mr Tune's findings are far from surprising to NDIS participants and people trying to access the scheme.

Smoke billows over a dry grassy hill

As the bushfire disaster continues to ravage NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia into 2020, and the death toll continues to rise, we all need to have a bushfire survival plan in place.