Northam forum on disability insurance scheme

The NDIS is a game changer for people who have a family member with a disability.
The NDIS is a game changer for people who have a family member with a disability.

PEOPLE in Northam with disabilities, their families and carers are invited to a community forum on Wednesday, September 28 to learn how the National Disability Insurance Scheme could benefit them.

Administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency, the NDIS will be available in Northam from January 1 and will give locals free access to the equipment and services they need.

Trial site manager Marita Walker said the NDIS supported a better life for Australians with a significant or permanent disability.

“The NDIS will be available in Northam and will fund tailored support based around their goals, needs and aspirations,” she said.

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“For some that might mean receiving home services and equipment, engaging in their local community, enrolling in education, becoming more independent or entering the workforce.”

Those with mental disabilities are also included in the scheme.

The areas of York, Toodyay, Chittering, Bayswater and Bassendean will also be included.

“Since the site opened in July 2014, more than 2000 Perth Hills residents have been able to access the NDIS,” Ms Walker said.

“Attending the forum provides a great opportunity to learn how the NDIS could help you, as you’ll be able to hear how people have benefited from the existing Perth Hills NDIS site and ask any questions you have.”

The Northam NDIS forum will be held on Tuesday, September 28 from 10.30am to noon at the Bridgeley Community Centre, 91-93 Wellington Street, Northam.

To apply to access the NDIS, phone 1800 800 110 or, if you have any queries, contact Emma in the local engagement team on 9235 7251.