Donna and Cameron Harris and son Aedan. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Donna and Cameron Harris and son Aedan. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

Parents raise questions about NDIS, coming to region in 2018

THE parents of 7-year-old Aedan Harris, who has cerebral palsy, hope the NDIS will make it easier to give him the care he deserves when it comes to the Fraser Coast in 2018.   More than six months ago, Donna and Cameron started applying and fundraising for a new sit-to-stand wheelchair, worth about $16,000.   Although they have enough money to pay for two thirds of the chair, the family is still waiting on the funds from the State Government.   "We did order the next size up so (Aedan) shouldn't be too big for it when we do get it," Donna said.   "It's just taking them so long."   The NDIS will be the way Queenslanders living with disabilities access funding support and equipment, on a case-by-case basis.   The Harris' hope the new way will cut down on painfully long waiting periods.   "It's always good to remain sceptical about these things," Cameron said.   "We are hoping it will deliver what it says, and give us more tailor-made support for Aedan and doesn't affect the type of treatment, like physio, that he gets now."   The Harris' have already started logging receipts and costs to present for Aedan's case.   Cameron said this was in the hopes Aedan wouldn't miss out on any needed support.   John Della Bosca from NDIS: Every Australian Counts said the new system would mean people living with disabilities would have faster access to more appropriate support.   "There'll be an increase to funding available, very importantly less queuing and better outcomes quicker," Mr Della Bosca said.   "NDIS emphasises choices and control and over time, we find it ends up costing less because less fund go to waste in unnecessary areas."   Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the NDIS was one of the largest social policy reforms in Australia's history.   "Queenslanders living with disability, their families, their carers and their service providers will all benefit...from the certainty the full scheme provides," Mr Pitt said.   "The NDIS represents a significant change for people with disability and the disability services sector, and that's why we are introducing the scheme in stages to ensure that it is carefully managed.   "This agreement is a huge accomplishment for the people of Queensland and will ensure people with disability have access to the lifetime choice and support they need."