MIFANT - Aug 2016

Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia NT (MIFANT) provides a range of services for persons living with a mental illness, their families, and carers. See ‘What’s on for Carers August 2016 Flyer’ at the MIFANT Alice Springs office (located at 3/58 Reg Harris Lane, Alice Springs directly across the laneway from Disability Advocacy Service).

 

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Each week, Disability Advocacy Service receives the Intergrated Disability Action (IdA) E-Bulletin – this week, it had an extremely useful link to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) website.

This website highlights a number of very useful video clips to support people with disabilities and their families to better understand the processes under the NDIS. Please take the time to review this helpful link.

Related links: NDIS website  , Video – My NDIS Pathway , Video – Communicating at the NDIS

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Recently Disability Advocacy Service received a memo from the Department of Health outlining this proposed support programme – the programme relates to older Australians who currently receive specialist disability services and who will NOT be eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The Council of Australian Governments all agree that as the NDIS rolls out nationally, it is a priority to ensure continuing support for older people with disability who are not eligible for the NDIS. This Commonwealth Continuity of Support (COS) will provide support to older people with disability, either through existing aged care programme such as the Commonwealth Home Support Programme, or through a new Commonwealth Continuity of Support Programme.

This new programme will be phased across the Northern Territory commencing on the 1st January 2017.
More details as they become available.

Manager, Disability Advocacy Service

Commonwealth Continuity of Support Programme – AU Government Department of Health

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