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2 Aims of the session To learn about DisabilityCare Australia, the National Disability Insurance Scheme To explore how to prepare for DisabilityCare Australia To reflect on how families can support practical goal setting and choosing the supports and services that will best help people achieve their life plans To identify any supports and resources families might need

3 What is DisabilityCare Australia? Group Exercise Universal health care scheme Comparing Medicare with DisabilityCare Australia Exercise – list features of Medicare

4 What is DisabilityCare Australia, the National Disability Insurance Scheme? Universal health care scheme Has been implemented in other countries in the world (eg Scotland) successfully and will be implemented here in Australia over the next few years There are many details of the NDIS still to be worked out Focuses on those who are most in need who have a permanent disability Focuses on intensive early intervention The NDIS will be launched at 4 trial sites from mid 2013

5 Current model of PDRSS service

6 Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation Support Services & Carer Respite Services Supported accommodation Community activities Learning activities Socialising activities Sporting activities Employment support Housing support Group learning Family education Personal development/recovery group learning Breaks away from caring roles

7 Features of current model People are only entitled to services within the region that they live Services are funded to provide a certain number of hours of service The types of services dont necessarily suit everyone Not many services have catered to the needs of people from diverse cultures

8 The DisabilityCare Australia model of service 1.Referral to DisabilityCare Australia 2.Assessment by DisabilityCare Australia Assessment of eligibility 3.Planning and choosing services and support Form a plan of what the person wants and needs to achieve independence Must be reasonable and necessary Establish an individual budget based on the plan Identify and access services and supports with Local Area Coordinator 4.Review process Review outcomes of support Changes made as needed

9 Features of the DisabilityCare Australia model Individuals can decide what types of services they need Individuals can choose services that are not necessarily in their local area Individuals can choose services from mainstream providers Individuals can choose culturally appropriate, religiously appropriate services

10 Principles that inform DisabilityCare Australia Individualism Choice for the individual Control for the individual

11 Current vs. DisabilityCare Australia Service Delivery Current SystemDisabilityCare Australia System Individuals can choose from the services that are offered within the local PDRSS services and Commonwealth Respite Services for families Individuals can decide what types of services they need and from a broader range of services Catchment area boundIndividuals are not confined to services provided within a given area Services are funded to provide a certain number of hours of service Length and intensity of service is provided according to need The types of services that are available dont necessarily suit everyone Individuals have the option of seeking services from mainstream providers Not many services have catered to the needs of people from diverse cultures, religious groups, varying sexuality Individuals will be able to choose to purchase what they need from ethno- specific services and those who cater to the needs of different religions and sexualities

12 What does reasonable & necessary mean? Supports and services; Should support the individual to achieve their goals and maximize their independence Should support the individuals capacity to undertake activities of daily living to enable them to participate in the community and/or employment Are effective, and evidence informed Offer value for money Should reflect community expectations, including what is realistic to expect from the individual, families and carers Are best provided through an NDIS rather than through other systems of service delivery and support

13 Carer support Families can help the person take control by: Knowing what helps them manage their illness Knowing what they want from life and what they need so they can reach their goals Helping to find information about different options Assisting the person to clearly communicate their choices Knowing who else can support or advocate for the person as they choose the support / services they need to help them reach their goals

14 Assessment & planning What support would be helpful for a family to provide in the assessment and planning process? What things would the family offer? How could the family try and ensure that the person was as involved as possible in making choices? What would the family need to ensure they also feel supported in this process?

15 Assessment & planning during acute illness Listen to what the person is communicating, both verbally and non-verbally – carers and families will often be able to translate some of the concerns and fears a person may have about the assessment and planning process Whenever possible, attend to the persons preferences about how meetings or conversations are conducted: e.g., the person may only be able to tolerate short conversations, or may wish to sit outside rather than inside Draw on plans that were discussed or in place while the person was less unwell – that way their needs and choices can still be heard Carers and family may need to take a more active and assertive role if the persons insight and judgement is affected

16 Assessment & planning during early recovery Ask the person how they would like you to support them in the process Assist the person to access information about their rights and the options that are available to them Encourage the person to access advice or support from peers Resist the urge to expect too much or too little: give the person space to set their own goals and articulate their own needs Offer messages of hope and encouragement Notice small achievements

17 Assessment & planning in established recovery Encourage the person to take the lead in the process: ask if they would like your support Respect the persons autonomy Offer positive feedback Notice small and large achievements

18 What makes a good life? Feeling well Having good nutritious food that you enjoy Having regular exercise that is enjoyable Having something to do each day that is meaningful to you Adequate, secure, affordable accommodation Strong family support Good friendships and relationships A positive vision of the future life Financial support to sustain a good lifestyle

19 Recovery factors Acceptance of illness Hope and courage Managing symptoms Education Reconstructing identity and purpose Supporting others Choice, responsibility, control and empowerment Meaningful activity Advocacy (Pat Deegan)

20 Reflective exercise Take a moment to reflect on what you know about the person you care for. Discuss with the other person: What areas do you think they have made small progress in already? What areas have they made large progress in? What types of questions could you imagine using in a conversation with your family member to prompt conversation about issues? Which areas that we have identified do you think will be a priority for them? Do you have ideas about what you think would be the most helpful types of support and services that might be able to be purchased through DisabilityCare Australia?

21 Change You cant change other people – you can only change yourself Changes to our own communication and actions may result in more effective support for the person with the mental illness and more effective care for ourselves as carers

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23 Examples of life domains Family – How do you want your family to feature in your life? Physical and mental – What fitness or health goals do you want to achieve? Social - How do you want to enjoy yourself and with whom? Creativity - Do you want to achieve any artistic or creative goals? Work - What do you want to achieve? Financial - How much do you want to earn, by when? How is this related to your career goals? Education - Is there any knowledge you want to acquire in particular? What information and skills will you need to have in order to achieve other goals? Advocacy/volunteering - Do you want to make the world a better place? Do you want to be involved in a social cause? If so, how?

24 Being an effective advocate 1.Know what the person needs to achieve their life goals; and know what you (as a carer/family member) need to support their goals. Be ready to talk about this 2.Know about the most effective service providers and be ready to offer advice or information when required 3.Know about the rights of the person with mental illness and your rights as a carer


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