Early Childhood Early Intervention approach celebrated at Townsville NDIS launch event

5 October 2016

Early Childhood Early Intervention approach celebrated at Townsville NDIS launch event

The Hon Jane Prentice, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services and The Hon Coralee O'Rourke, Queensland Minister for Disability Services welcomed the local Townsville community and industry representatives at an information session on Friday to announce the next stage of the National Insurance Disability Scheme (NDIS) rollout.

As of October 1 the NDIS, which commenced in Townsville earlier this year, extended to all remaining eligible people in Townsville, and to those in the new locations of Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, west to Mount Isa and up to the Gulf.  

UnitingCare Queensland Group Executive Integrated Services SEQ Cathy Thomas said the event, held at the Riverway All Abilities Playground in Condon, celebrated the work of the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach which focuses on early intervention for children under six with a developmental delay or disability.

“The ECEI approach promotes a focus on individual family-based practice with an emphasis on community and inclusion,” Ms Thomas said.

“It is about children having every opportunity to do every day things. With this initiative in place, families with young children can, for the first time, gain access to NDIS supports and services based on their needs to ensure they have the best possible opportunity to maximise their life potential.”

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) released the ECEI approach in early 2016 when Uniting Care Community was invited by the NDIA to lead this work in Townsville from April as an Access Partner.

Currently UnitingCare Community has a team of Lead Practitioners who have enabled more than 300 families across Townsville and Charters Towers to access the NDIS.

Ms Thomas said local Townsville mother of seven, Rachel Emerson, spoke at the event about her experience with UnitingCare Community and the NDIS.

“Two of Rachel’s children have NDIS plans and by working with UnitingCare Community, she receives functional assistance for one of her daughters who is now working towards her goal of performing ballet,” Ms Thomas said. 

The NDIA has partnered with Australia's leading parenting website, Raising Children Network (RCN), to produce free online videos, booklets and articles to help parents learn about the ECEI approach and become NDIS ready.

Visit the UnitingCare Community website for more information about ECEI or moving to the NDIS.


Media contact: Talya Kaplan — email media@uccommunity.org.au or phone (07) 3253 4505. 




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