Journal article

The National Disability Insurance Scheme: a time for real change in Australia

Dinah S Reddihough, Elaine Meehan, N Susan Stott, Michael J Delacy



In Australia, the supports and services for persons with disabilities have long been underfunded and fragmented. Often, individuals did not receive the services they needed, but rather the services they were entitled to based on how or when they acquired their disability. As a result, there was an increasing reliance on ageing carers, a lack of permanent and respite accommodation, and reduced employment and educational opportunities. Individuals with disabilities and their families were often isolated and financially disadvantaged. In March 2013, legislation was passed in Australia to establish a National Disability Insurance Scheme, a radical new way of funding disability services. No longe..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge the assistance of Bruce Bonyhady, Chair of the National Disability Insurance Agency, who reviewed the manuscript. This work is supported by the Centre for Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy, a 5-year project funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council that aims to improve the physical, mental, social, and emotional health and well-being of Australian children with CP and their families. This supplement was funded by the Research Foundation, Cerebral Palsy Alliance.