The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the most significant social reform program in Australia since the introduction of Medicare in the 1970s, transferring responsibility for funding disability support from state governments to a new federal agency, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
The NDIS is being progressively rolled out across Queensland and will be available statewide by 30 June 2019. BUSHkids is an NDIS partner in the community, and we are contracted to provide Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in the Bundaberg area.
The NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach (ECEIA) is a new program fully funded by the NDIA designed to help children aged 0-6 years with developmental delay or a disability to access the specialised supports and services they need to achieve better long-term outcomes. ECEIA is being provided through specialist Early Childhood Partners such as BUSHkids.
As an Early Childhood Partner, BUSHkids supports families of children with developmental delay and provides the support needed to improve the child’s development. Where a child requires more intensive early intervention supports, BUSHkids staff work with the family to develop an NDIS plan to access the support funding the child needs on a more long-term basis.
Although the NDIS won’t be available in the Bundaberg area until October 2017, BUSHkids has set up a dedicated Early Childhood Intervention team who will start providing ECEI services to the Bundaberg community from September 2017 from its new NDIS service centre in Targo Street. BUSHkids will continue to provide its full range of services to the Bundaberg community from the organisation’s established service centre in Maryborough Street.
For more about the NDIS in Queensland go to https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/our-sites/QLD.html
For more about the NDIA’s early intervention approach view the video and related article here http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/ndis_early_intervention_video.html