National Disability Insurance Scheme workshop

Shae Gibson (left) is the Project Officer for My Choice Matters, she and Jess Watkins (right) the Project Manager, travel around NSW providing people with information on the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Shae Gibson (left) is the Project Officer for My Choice Matters, she and Jess Watkins (right) the Project Manager, travel around NSW providing people with information on the National Disability Insurance Scheme

A WORKSHOP was held in Cooma last week to assist people with disabilities and their families in preparing for the arrival of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

On Friday, July 11, the team from My Choice Matters (MCM) were at the Werri-Nina Centre in Cooma to hold a forum designed at simplifying the process for people transitioning onto the NDIS.

Jess Watkins the Project Manager for MCM believes there is a level of uncertainty surrounding the rollout of the NDIS, which all eligible NSW residents will have access to from July, 2018.

"The workshops have been well received but we've struggled getting the information out," Ms Watkins said.

"There's a lot of fear in the community for what it actually means and the NDIS isn't coming for a while.

"People who do come to the workshops walk away more enlightened."

Ms Watkins and Project Officer Shae Gibson addressed the forum on the ways people can the most out of the changing disability system. They presented MCM's three key principles: choice, voice and control.

"We literally talk about what the NDIS looks like and what it actually means for the community," Ms Watkins said.

"MCM is funded through the NSW Government to help people get ready for the NDIS."

The rollout of the NDIS will be the most significant change to the Australia's health system since Medicare was introduced. Trial sites around the country are already using the scheme, with the ACT coming on as trial location from July 1 this year.

Ms Watkins will travel across the state in the coming months, hopeful of easing the transition for people going on the NDIS.

"We help with workshops, run leadership programs and small grants programs."

"People can start practising taking control of their lives."

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