Disability – an area where health professionals can help!!

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) draft legislation was introduced in parliament on 29th November 2012. This highlights the fact that many Australians are living with, or care for someone with a disability, and there have been gaps in the system for people to access the care they require.

Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) national president Melissa Locke has said that as a physiotherapist who works with families of children with disabilities, she has seen firsthand the shortfalls in the current system in essential care, therapy, home modifications and equipment. Whether under the umbrella of the NDIS or outside this program, many health professionals are in a position to help people with disabilities. This might range from a speech pathologist helping someone to communicate following a stroke, to an occupational therapist prescribing assistive technology to a child with cerebral palsy to help them to walk. Optometrists might prescribe glasses, or refer a child to an ophthalmologist for surgery, as disabilities that are present from birth are often associated with the need for high powered spectacles or surgery for a turned eye.

To check out the Federal Government’s website about the NDIS: http://www.ndis.gov.au/

Image: Ed Yourdon – http://www.flickr.com/photos/yourdon/2766873592/

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