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$1 million to help people with motor neurone disease

28 July 2011

Services provided to people with neurological conditions are to be expanded as a result of a $1 million funding boost from the NSW Government.

Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, said that the funds would go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association of NSW to support the specialised work it was doing in the disability sector.

Mr Constance joined MNDA staff at Gladesville Hospital this morning with Lane Cove MP Anthony Roberts.
“People with motor neurone disease rely on much needed equipment to live at home,” Mr Constance said.

“That’s why we’re investing $700,000 for the replacement of communication aids, which will also cover specialist assessment and training.”

“The communication aids previously provided have been superseded by new models, so it’s appropriate that people with motor neurone disease get the latest equipment that’s available.”

Mr Constance also announced that $300,000 will go towards the MNDA’s equipment loan pool, which provides suitable equipment quickly for short to medium periods to support clients at home.

“Sadly, most people pass away within four years of being diagnosed with motor neurone disease,” Mr Constance said.
“There is no cure. Therefore it’s critically important that the system has the capacity to respond in a timely manner.”

The funds are being provided as part of the Government’s expansion of disability services over the next five years through the second phase of Stronger Together.
“The O’Farrell Government has injected an extra $2 billion into the program to improve disability services across NSW,” Mr Constance said.

“We want to provide people with a disability and those who support them with the best services and supports possible.”

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