Scheme will help families

Disability changes to create opportunities, address need

A MEDICARE levy rise to fund the NDIS will help many local families, according to a support organisation in Wangaratta.

A MEDICARE levy rise to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will help many local families, according to a support organisation in Wangaratta.

Anthony Putt, general manager North West Hume and Loddon with Yooralla (which has a Wangaratta base in Park Lane) said such a scheme would provide greater security for many local families.

“People will be funded, and funded appropriately, to buy services they require, including care, recreation and accommodation,” Mr Putt said.

He said support for the scheme would be welcomed not only by ageing carers, but by people with disabilities who wanted the same as any other local resident – to access their community, to live independently, and to work.

“The key thing for elderly parents is, ‘What’s going to happen when we’re gone? Will they receive the same care?” Mr Putt said.

“This scheme takes all the uncertainty out of this for a lot of people.”

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