Editors Note: I think this uncertainty regarding the rural and remote rollout of the NDIS is nationwide. The rural and remote strategy has not been communicated well, and apparently not at all communicated to participants in these areas.
Parents of children with disabilities are concerned over what they say is a lack of information about how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will work in remote parts of New South Wales.
The NDIS is a market-based system where government funding will no longer go directly to disability services, but instead to the client, who can choose the providers they want.
The scheme will be rolled out in far-west NSW from July 2017.
Mariette Curcuruto, president of Silverlea Early Childhood Services in Broken Hill and the mother of a child with autism, said the information was vague.
“[The NDIS] presupposes a lot of knowledge on the part of people engaging in the system, and I guess I don’t know whether or not we have that knowledge as consumers,” Ms Curcuruto said.
“I think what service providers are struggling with is how do they fit what they do into the NDIS model.”
Silverlea is a not-for-profit organisation that runs early-intervention playgroup sessions for children with disabilities or developmental delays, and their carers.
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Ms Curcuruto said she did not know how the service would survive once the current block funding model was abolished.
“I’m really worried about the transition from block funding to NDIS for small service providers in areas like ours, where there are not really a lot…