The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a major social reform which gives people the power to choose for themselves who supports them. While this is a positive change, the evidence shows some vulnerable groups haven’t been able to access the services to which they are entitled.
Baptist Care SA’s Able and Deadly program provides NDIS education to the community and helps ‘hard to reach cohorts’, including homeless and/or Aboriginal people access its services. It is one of just two programs like it in the country, and works with up to 50 people at a time.
Deb Francis is a Kaurna-Narungga woman with over 25 years of experience in Aboriginal engagement, recruitment and cultural awareness training.
To empower people and increase engagement, the team created a culturally appropriate, and more flexible, case management framework that can be used by others, particularly when working with ‘hard to reach’ groups.
Additionally, to educate people about their choices and the control they have over them, a booklet is being developed to help them to identify their needs and goals. Participants will be able to take this tool into pre-planning meetings, helping to ensure that their voices are heard.
All program activities are approved following cultural advice from the Able and Deadly Advisory Group; comprised of senior Aboriginal community services leaders and community members with lived experiences of having a disability.
Baptist Care SA, lives, works and walks on Kaurna, Permangk and Boandik lands. We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the state’s first peoples, recognise their traditional ownership, and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs, deep connection and continued guardianship of land and waters. We value the contributions of Elders past and present, and are committed to learning from those emerging.