National Disability Insurance Scheme News

Embracing Change

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As Benjamin Disraeli a British statesman and novelist once said; “Change is inevitable. Change is constant”. Okay sure, change does have its challenges because it forces us to grow but look at the wonderful achievements and advances globally and personally because of the human ability to change. 

Working in such an innovative area as we all do in supporting people with disability is one where change is interwoven in our daily lives. How does the prospect of change sit within your organisation? Is it something people have a certain level of comfort with or does it feel as though you are constantly at odds with people and as though you are pushing against resistance?

An interesting article from Leadership Management Australia with some great tips on how to look at and work with change in your workplace is Coping With Change in the Workplace. One of the key strategies mentions the following: “You may need to learn new skills, integrate different processes or redirect resources. Be honest with what is required and see the change as an opportunity to streamline and learn”. This is where we can help. We are adept at supporting you with your training so that it is streamlined, smooth, relevant, tailored to your organisational needs, and so that it takes a weight off your shoulders. Contact us to see how we can make this process easy.


Delivery of personal support to participants who live alone

Are you aware of the changes to the conditions of registration for registered NDIS providers delivering assistance with daily personal activities? The NDIS fact sheet explains the new registration condition that applies to the delivery of personal supports to participants who live alone. This additional condition does apply to all NDIS providers who are registered to deliver 0107 – Assistance With Daily Personal Activities whether or not they currently support someone living alone. We understand the NDIS Commission’s state offices are undertaking onsite compliance checks of these types of supports. Contact us if you wish to review your current processes to make sure they comply.


Behaviour Support

Let’s face it, behaviour support is a topic that is peppered with lots of complexities. The NDIS National Implementation of Behaviour Support Practitioner Suitability Assessments fact sheet contains information on a national program that is rolling out state by state over the course of 2021. Behaviour support is one of the priority compliance areas for the NDIS Commission, and this is something you need to be on top of! There are quite a few steps involved in preparing your organisation for this. If it seems daunting contact us at Engels Floyd & Associates and we can help you make sense of it all. We are here to help you!  

The NDIS Commission has also just released a new guide for Regulated Restrictive Practices for children. We know this also is a difficult area, and we look forward to the Easy English version that is being developed.


Uber

Have you seen the latest announcement from Uber? This could be really useful for the people you work with and support who are in the Multi Purpose Taxi Program and who are wanting to also utilise Uber. Uber is offering a 50% discount for Uber rides. Here’s the info.


And lastly, when the prospect of change and adapting seems to be overwhelming, stepping away from it and getting into nature is always useful. Even if is for a 30 minute break, creating space between a challenge and refreshing the mind can do wonders for being able to reconnect with your mojo and your ability to look at the ‘challenge’ from a new perspective. 

I’ll leave you with the words of the iconic Mahatma Gandhi; “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”.

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