Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz officially opened the Carers Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordination Partners in the Community Office in Ipswich yesterday.
Mr Buchholz said under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, local participants will receive the individualised care and support they need when and where they need it.
“The NDIS gives local participants control over their care allowing them to live their lives and achieve their health, social and employment needs and goals,” Mr Buchholz said.
“This system empowers our local participants to choose their service provider, their support worker and receive their care at a time that suits them.”
The office will serve as a base for Tracey Vellacot and other Carers Queensland staff to have conversations with local participants and create and carry out individual care plans.
“We ask participants what a day in their life is like and look at how the NDIS can make it better,” Mrs Vallacott said.
“We provide care to participants from the Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Somerset regions.”
Local artist, dancer, poet, author and NDIS participant Deb Chiltern says she currently has 16 different support workers from four different service providers.
“The NDIS will simplify my care, I want a system that cares for me and supports me, I have so much to offer and contribute to the community.”
“I want to be seen for my ability not my disability.”
Mr Buchholz said the NDIS would help the community embrace and include local participants.
“Our local participants will be empowered by their choice and control over their care allowing them to live more ordinary lives.”