NDIS

a) How to access the NDIS or find services

All children aged 0-6 years requiring support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will access the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach. Some children may only need to access support under the ECEI Approach, other children will be supported through the ECEI Approach to develop an Individual Funding Plan.

ECIA NSW/ACT has a number of professional learning workshops and webinars designed to assist service providers in the transition to the NDIS via our Leap Pad Learning calendar.

b) Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach

The ECEI Approach is how the NDIS is working with Early Childhood Providers to deliver early childhood intervention for children aged 0-6 years. ECIA has been directly involved with the NDIA in co-designing the key elements that are critical factors for positive outcomes for young children with developmental delay or disability.

c) Individual Funding Plan

Where a child receives an Individual Funding Plan, their family can choose how they would like to manage the funding within the plan. Information on the different options is available at NDIS - Understanding your plan and supports.

d) NDIS Provider Readiness Forums

ECIA NSW/ACT in partnership with the National Disability Insurance Agency, the Department of Family & Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care, and National Disability Services is holding a series of NDIS Provider Readiness Forums. Focusing on the essential information that providers will need to ensure they are ready to operate under the NDIS.

e) ECI Managers & Directors Forum

The ECIA NSW/ACT Directory of Consultants has been established to support the Early Childhood Intervention sector.

Our sector is currently experiencing a period of significant change. While ECIA NSW/ACT provides extensive Professional Development opportunities and Sector Development support for services across NSW and ACT, in some instances in-house consultancy assistance might be a better option for organisations.

f) ECIA NSW/ACT NDIS News

ECIA NSW / ACT will provide a regular eNews to members with updates on the NDIS implementation in NSW / ACT.

Please log in to the members area to view past editions of the eNews.

g) Early Childhood Intervention Review: Nepean Blue Mountains/Hunter Trial Sites

Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) NSW/ACT commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) to conduct research into the delivery of Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services in the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) roll out in the Nepean Blue Mountains (NBM) and Hunter regions in New South Wales. The research was funded through the NDIS Sector Development Fund.

h) Early Childhood Intervention NSW/ACT NDIS Research

ECIA NSW/ACT issued to 5 universities a Request for Proposal for research that builds on the ‘Early Intervention Review: Nepean Blue Mountains/Hunter Trial Sites’ research. The latest research has been made possible through funds provided by ADHC in June 2016. The applications closed in late September 2016 with proposals being received from 3 universities, each of whom took part in a second stage interview soon after.

i) Early Childhood Intervention: Outcomes Measurement pilot

There is a growing need for organisations to measure the attainment of outcomes. Contracts and payments based on outcomes is increasing from all levels of government. Demonstrating outcome attainment is also useful in providing families with information on what they can expect as outcomes when choosing an NDIS provider. Future Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) funding contracts will be outcomes based.

j) Directory of Consultants

ECIA NSW/ACT is in the process of establishing a directory of consultants. Currently we are experiencing a period of significant change in the funding of the sector. ECIA NSW/ACT currently provides a variety of standardised training in area of organisational development, however many members and member organisations are requesting more customized courses to be run in house for their organisation. Many enquires relate specifically to the transition to the NDIS.

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