Shepparton SCI Regional Network Meeting - June 2018
On Wednesday 6th June, the Shepparton SCI Regional Network came together at The Peppermill Inn for a meeting hosted by Fiona and Peter from AQA. The group met to discuss and learn more about navigating through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) planning process.
Fiona talked about the complex systems of NDIS that can be challenging to wade through, unless one has some prior knowledge. Fiona and Peter advised on preparing in advance for when the NDIS planner, or Local Area Coordinator (LAC) visits. She stressed the need for good communication and to organise documents and receipts in a folder to help facilitate the planning process. She also suggested that it might be beneficial to meet the LAC at home, so they can see firsthand what you need.
Fiona and the group then touched on the topic of goals and how to find the right language to explain to a LAC, who might not always have SCI experience. They also discussed understanding the boundaries of NDIS, and pushing them in order to achieve optimal results from your NDIS Plan. The discussion was followed by a “Goal writing and Communication” group activity, which help the group put into perspective the importance of simple and clear communication. Everyone found the meeting both informative and insightful.
Fiona also provided some useful resources to check out while planning your NDIS journey. Please contact Fiona for copies of the workbooks:
- The NDIS workbook
- Spinal Cord Injury Australia planning book (based in NSW)
- Australian Unity – NDIS Planning tool
- Getting ready for the NDIS
- Developing your first NDIS plan
- What is a Local Area Coordinator?
Given how confusing the NDIS is, Spire will host another NDIS information session for the Shepparton SCI Regional Network, so please keep an eye out for it! Fiona and Peter will also be hosting NDIS pre-planning workshops at the Spire office. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, gain information, and learn useful tips and tricks to navigate the NDIS. If anyone would like to speak to Fiona for more information, please call on 03 9489 0777 or email [email protected]
Details of our next event
Wednesday, 04 Jul 2018
7900 Goulburn Valley Hwy, Shepparton
Available at venue
Accessible travel by Travability
Geoff on 0428 292 421 or email [email protected]