The NDIS is coming to Katungul Aboriginal Corporation and soon a variety of services will be available through all its branches at Batemans Bay, Narooma and Bega and also at its outreach centres at Wallaga and Eden.
Katungul staff are eagerly awaiting the final confirmation for the approval for them to work with the NDIS and to provide this range of services, including support co-ordination and plan management under the NDIS framework.
Katungal currently has Deb Diggins as its NDIS transition manager, working Monday to Wednesday with the local community to access and understand the NDIS.
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Deb is available to clients to help them with any NDIS issue they may need a hand with.
She worked with NDIS/Uniting before she started with Katungul and has a good knowledge of NDIS and its processes.
NDIS stands for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and is operated by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
At its core, the NDIS is a healthcare program created by the Australian federal government for the benefit of people who have a permanent disability, either from an injury or something the person was born with.
Deb is available to clients to help them with any NDIS issue they may need a hand with.Katungal Aboriginal Corporation
Its main purpose is to provide funding for the specific levels of support that an affected individual needs to be a part of society.
That means not just participating in social activities and being able to do more things for themselves with the right assistive technology, but also to the point of helping as many as possible to enter (or re-enter) the workforce.
Having been rolled out across the nation after a number of trial areas helped phase in the scheme, the NDIA anticipates that “the NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life”.
Not every disabled person is eligible, however. To become an NDIS participant a person must fulfill all of the following criteria:
- Have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities
- Be aged less than 65 when they first enter the NDIS
- Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa, and
- Live in Australia where the NDIS is available.
Phone 4476 2155 or see the website, www.katungul.com.au for more information.
Katungul provides culturally appropriate health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on the Far South Coast.