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Decision to reduce NDIS prices for group support overturned

28 July 2015

MS Australia welcomes the announcement from the National Disability Services (NDS) today on the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) reversing its decision to reduce National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) prices for group-based community, social and recreational activities.

NDIA defines support coordination as primarily being:

‘Assistance to strengthen participants abilities to coordinate and implement supports and participate more fully in the community.

It can includes initial assistance with linking participant with the right providers to meet their needs, assistance to source providers, coordinating a range of supports both funded and mainstream and building on informal supports, resolving points of crisis, parenting, training and developing participants resilience in their own network and community’

Debra Ceresa, CEO at MS Australia said: "This welcome result acknowledges the fact that the proposed changes threatened the viability of group-based support which are of benefit to people living with MS.

"However whilst this announcement is welcome for those MS organisations that are providing group-based support services, the staff to participant ratio remains a concern as a possible barrier to viability."

We are pleased to acknowledge and support the work of the NDS in advancing these issues with the NDIA on behalf of service providers."