Rural engagement forum on the National Disability Insurance Scheme

15 May 2013

The Centre of Rural Regional Law and Justice hosted a rural law forum on the National Disability Insurance Scheme on Wednesday 15 May 2013.

The forum was attended by over 180 participants from all areas of the disability sector, across 14 locations around Victoria.

Guest speakers:

  • Jennifer Fitzgerald from Scope
  • Elizabeth Manning from Deakin
  • Philippa Angley from National Disability Services (NDS) and
  • Julie Philips from the Disability Discrimination Legal Service

The speakers provided insights into the potential of the NDIS and the impact it will have in the community.

Discussions also raised many challenges that lie ahead for the implementation stage, of the scheme.

Richard Coverdale and Liz Cairns at the NDIS Forum
Richard Coverdale, Director, CRRLJ and Liz Cairns, State Manager, Barwon DisabilityCare.

“Thank you for the invitation, interesting discussions from different perspectives. Good to chat to others to see where they were at and if we were all on the same page,” said Paula Jenkins, Manager Active Care, Geelong

“I urge the organisations to look at ways that it can save money so that it can be spent on improving the qualities of outcomes for people with disabilities,” said Julie Phillips, Manager, Disability Discrimination Legal Service.

Maureen O'Keeffe, Elizabeth Manning and Phillippa Angley at the NDIS Forum
Facillitator Maureen O'Keeffe with Elizabeth Manning, Lecturer, Deakin and Philippa Angley, National Policy Manager, NDS.

“I feel invigorated by the NDIS and it is definitely the biggest paradigm shift in my career to date. The NDIS is a huge value to Australia, not only for the people with disabilities but also to their families and careers,” said Jennifer Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer, Scope.

The aim of the forum was to inform and share knowledge across rural communities and key organisations of the NDIS and its implementation.

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