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Wilcannia to have a say in reforming disability services

28 September 2011

NSW Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, will host a consultation session in Wilcannia today seeking input from the Aboriginal community on person centred disability reforms. 

"The O’Farrell Government is committed to the introduction of a person centred approach through its Stronger Together 2 initiative which places people with a disability at the centre of decision making," Mr Constance said. 

"By the end of 2013-14, anyone receiving disability services will have the option of using an individualised and portable funding arrangement." 

"This reform will give people with a disability control over their own lives and futures, something which the current system does not allow. Every individual has the right to choice, respect and the best support services that can be offered." 

Murray-Darling MP John Williams welcomed the Minister’s visit. 

"For a reform like this, the voices of people in small towns and communities must be heard," Mr Williams said. 

"The needs of people with a disability who live in regional NSW are different to those in metropolitan areas, so it’s vital that we make the service system more flexible." 

While in Wilcannia, the Minister will also visit Ngangana Aboriginal Home Care. 

The facility provides Home and Community Care services to the wider community including domestic assistance, personal care, respite, Meals on Wheels and a transport service to Broken Hill for medical appointments and social support activities. 

He will then journey to Broken Hill to meet with Maari Ma Aboriginal Health Corporation - an Aboriginal community controlled health organisation dedicated to improving the health outcomes for people in the Far West of the State. 

The Minister’s visit to Western NSW follows the State Government’s launch in July of the Aboriginal Cultural Inclusion Framework to help guide the delivery of ageing and disability services for Aboriginal people over the next five years. 

"Through this initiative, Aboriginal communities will be engaged and included in planning, development and delivery of services," Mr Constance said. 

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