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National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) 
- Important News for Barwon Carers

Are you a carer of a person with a disability living in Barwon - local government areas of City of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Borough of Queenscliff and the Surfcoast Shire?  As you may already know the roll out of NDIA has commenced with staged transition of people with disability going onto the scheme.

If you haven't yet had contact with NDIA or if you are not sure if the person you care for is eligible you can complete the My Access Checker on the NDIA website

For those families that have been contacted by NDIA please check all your paperwork carefully to ensure that you have returned forms that are required to get the process started.

One of the core aims of NDIA is to support families and carers in your caring roles. Your views and experiences will be important in the planning process for NDIA. You will play a vital role at various points when the person you care for enters the scheme; including informing decisions about their ongoing support needs. You may also help, at the request of the person you care for, in goal setting, assessment and the planning process.

NDIA will take into account the supports that maintain a carer's health and wellbing.  This support may include participation in a support group or a special interest network. In deciding whether to fund or provide a support, NDIA will take account of what it is reasonable to expect families, carers, informal networks and the community to provide.

To prepare for your first meeting with your NDIA planner, it would be a good idea to make a list of the various types of services your family is using. Consider the supports you have had through Carer Support that have helped sustain and support your caring role, such as a break during the school holidays, curriculum days and occasional overnight care. Explain to your planner what supports you in your caring role.  If you have already had your first planning meeting but did not discuss taking a break, please consider making contact with your person's planner at NDIA to discuss on 1800 800 110.

This is a very positive time and journey for families and Barwon Health Carer Support is coming on this exciting journey with you - for respite service information and carer support, and for your immediate and emergency respite needs call 1800 052 222.


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