MCTCare Newsletter 3rd November 2020

Updates This Week 


New South Wales is bigger corona virus threat than Victoria

Western Australian Premier Mark Mc Gowan alerts NSW is in greatest threat of corona virus than Victoria. NSW has recorded a handful of locally transmitted cases over the past week; however, Victoria have no new cases or deaths over this week after emerging from lockdown. From November 14, WA was planning to reopen its boarder to all states and territories, although the resident from both NSW and Victoria required to quarantine for 14 days till next decision.

‘Not Happy Dan’ Anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne

There were more than 400 anti-protesters have been arrested in Melbourne after police and protester clashed at an anti- lockdown demonstration on Tuesday despite restrictions easing in Melbourne a week ago. Around 404 people and issued 395 penalty notices across demonstration. The offence included not wearing mask, breaching public gathering, travelling more than 25km from own residency, assaulting police member and not cooperating with police while declaring name and place. Per source a female senior sergeant was admitted to hospital with suspected broken arm after clash in demonstration. Health Minister Martin Foley alerts it not a time to protest and keeping Victoria safe and open is more important than the democratic right to protest.

Improving access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

The Australian Government is providing $ 5.9 million over the next two years to the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) to strengthen NDIS service within Aboriginal and Torres Islander communities.  NACCHO is being funded to work with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and Aboriginal Medical Services (AMSs) to increase registrations to deliver NDIS services. This aims to build capacity for these organisations to transition and to operate as NDIS provider, to grow the Aboriginal and Torres Islander NDIS market and force. This helps to make NDIS more accessible to the Aboriginal and Torres Islander people with disability to increase their choice and control over fund. This initiative have now 400,000 participants in NDIS, an increase of approximately 100,000 participants over the past 12 months and more than 175,000 receiving supports in very first time.

Boya: Local Area Coordination service in the community

The Mission Australia Area Coordination Service is available to answer the question to individual about the NDIS and helps to link with mainstream and community supports. Local Area coordinators (LACs) will be available each week to answer raised questions about NDIS individually. LACs can answer individual includes:

  • How to access the NDIS
  • How to prepare for NDIS planning
  • How to understand and use NDIS plan
  • How to access NDIS my place participant portal
  • How to manage the budget in plan
  • How to find and engage providers to meet their goals
  • How to link to mainstream and community services

For further information contact 1800 370 776

Online: School Leaver Employment Supports for NDIS

The NDIA invites all the provider who are registered to Deliver employment assistance to attend an informal session on School Leaver Employment Supports. The refreshed booklet of School Leaver Employment Supports has come with new additional information for provider regarding the NDIA’s expectations for the delivery, outcome measures, reporting and claiming. The providers have an opportunity to discuss on those information and the session will delivered through video conference using Microsoft teams.

For further information find the link

Report Handed Down on Horrific Abuse suffered by disabled Australians

30th October 2020, A Royal Commission report has outlined a horrific pattern of abuse and inequality suffered by Australians with disabilities. The report has been handed down in Canberra with 36 case studies. The report shows people with disability were twice as likely to experience violence than other. The Chairman of Royal Commission of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people of disability would take case studies looked at education, including the prison system, the justice system and workplace including health system.  Due to the parameter of the case studies in the report are broad and vague, the commissioner has requested an extension. They are planning to hand down the final report in September 2023.

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