Watch: MP requests independent review after NDIS participant funding slashed by 70%

 

In an unusually quiet speech to a near empty parliament, free from the usual chest thumping and back slapping, an MP has respectfully asked for the Minister to review the plan of Georgia, an NDIS participant who had her funding slashed by an astounding 70% following a review. The Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare, spoke of Georgia’s achievements under her previous NDIS plan and Georgia’s new goals.

Georgia’s mum had gathered reports from an OT and a speech pathologist highlighting what Georgia would need to achieve her goals. While the Bankstown NDIA office in Mr Clare’s electorate approved the funding for Georgia’s assistive technology device and continence supports, it did not fund the associated speech therapy hours to help Georgia learn how to use the device or the support worker hours necessary to help Georgia toilet independently. This despite the recommendations gathered by Georgia’s mum from the occupational therapist and the speech pathologist.

The MP highlighted that this was not an isolated case and recognised that he had similarly requested an independent review of another NDIS participant’s plan from his electorate and that this independent review was now happening. Mr Clare noted that he had further cases of this nature and would continue to raise them.

While all sides of parliament regularly engage in grand standing and political point scoring, in this instance the MP made minimal cheap attempts to take credit for passing the NDIS. Instead Mr Clare focused on the situation for real people in his electorate and putting forward his request on their behalf for independent reviews.

Unfortunately we can’t all live in Blaxland. Here’s hoping that by acknowledging MPs who are doing the right thing by their constituents and bringing oversight to the NDIA we can encourage more of our elected officials from all sides of politics to stand up for NDIS participants.  By working together respectfully and providing the reasonable and necessary oversight of the National Disability Insurance Agency, you may yet make the NDIS work.

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Georgia is a beautiful little girl who lives in my electorate. She has autism, epilepsy and global delay and has just had her NDIS funding cut by 70%.

Posted by Jason Clare on Tuesday, 13 February 2018

 

Have you experienced a huge cut to your NDIS plan like this? Who are the politicians who are doing the right thing and standing up for NDIS participants by requesting independent reviews? Let us know in the comments

Comment

  1. Denise Bingley

    My son is at a critical point with his disability and how it is impacting on his health and wellbeing. His recent plan suggests he is obese and o dialysis so has no entitlement to NDIS funding and suggested he was fraudulent in the past 2 years.
    His situation is his documentation both original docs and scanned docs during planning discussions. All of which have provided ongoing medical reports. We have already provided the information as recently as November 2016. I want to know where this confidential documentation is?
    My son (50 yrs) was in full time employment in management until 2014, when he had a fall resulting in an inquired brain injury and subarachnoid brain bleed which has left significant scarring. He suffers depression, poor concentration, altered thought processes, uncoordination and self-aggression.
    He sees multiple specialists, has very complex comorbidities and care needs each of which impact on his whole system. We have purchased most of his equipment and technology and not relied on NDIS for that.
    His primary diagnosis is the ABI and associated mental health issues and epilepsy. He has haemodialysis 3 days a week, which impacts on his quality of life. He would desperately like to return to work or volunteer in some worthwhile capacity, but has not been successful to date. His health needs, ability and unpredictability impact on that.
    He has met most of his goals to date, building strength and endurance.
    He has recently been told by a Panner (NDIS) he is not entitled to NDIS funding, and she based that on one assessment from a befit therapist in September last year. She did not know about his medical conditions ABI, Epilepsy, Deafness, and requested we once again had to provide the medical reports.
    This along with multiple health systems failures has led my son to withdraw all treatment. He has a AHD and the doctors state he is able to do that. This is a crisis situation directly related to NDIS, and regardless to having submitted several complaints during a 12 month period, I have had no response or informed decision making regarding my son’s situation.
    My questions are:
    1. What are the qualifications of the planners or others making decisions on NDIS funding and how do they make decisions outside the legality of medical and specialist opinions and investigations?

    2. If decisions are in accordance with allied health or gym staff on someone with complex medical issues, why waste money getting expensive legal medical reports?

    3. NDIS policy suggests person central standards, and the rights and responsibilities of persons with disabilities is provided with respect, appropriate consent, and services provided by those who have the knowledge and experience required. Selectability has provided my son with excellent care and support with the support carers genuinely interested in helping him achieve his goals. However we have experienced significant systems failures recently which is having critical impact on my son’s life.

    Issues:
    1. My son’s confidential medical information and reports must be found They have been provided 3 times. Local, State, and National.

    2. Richards EPA and multiple nominee forms have been provided Local, State, and National. and Ferros

    3. When and why did Richard’s planning and management change from Selectability to Ferros and why were we not informed.

    4. All services have been continually advised that they need to speak with me, or both Rich and I, as I need to be able to continually reinforce the information or prompt him and if I don’t know he gets confused and has no idea or will misinterpret the information.