The National Disability Insurance Scheme is currently rolling out in the South West, providing more choices and support services to people with disability and their families.
A new provider ‒ St Jude’s Disability Services recently opened in Bunbury and Busselton and is expanding its services to other areas in the South West.
St Jude’s managing director Binu Joseph said they had been supporting people with disability for more than 35 years.
“We have many success stories to share, from helping people to live independently, providing successful supported accommodation for people with higher needs, helping people to achieve their educational requirements, enabling clients to learn new skills, post-school options, finding and keeping employment, and providing respite services so that the family can take a break from full-time support roles,” he said.
“St Jude’s mainly provides supported accommodation, community participation programs, skills development, therapy services through occupational therapists or physiotherapists, as well as support coordination.
“Our accommodation and housing services range from supported independent living in small units to 3 to 4-bedroom group homes.
“St Jude’s also provides respite or short-term accommodation supports.”
Mr Joseph said they wanted clients to feel like they were on a holiday whilst in the care of St Jude’s.
“Our respite houses are not just an ordinary house with basic support services‒ rather they are designed to create positive memories with a holiday atmosphere,” he said.
“With NDIS support, people who have mental health issues along with their disability can be supported in a far more efficient way than the current system.
“This reduces the burden on families and significantly reduces hospital admissions or regular visits to their GP.”
St Jude’s services will be available in Boyup Brook, Bridgetown, Donnybrook, Manjimup, Nannup, Capel, Collie, Dardanup, Harvey and Waroona.
“While the NDIS is a great insurance system, lack of resources and support services for its participants and their local community pose many challenges to people with disability and their families,” Mr Joseph.
“Experienced providers commencing operation in new areas bring opportunities and more choices to people needing support. It creates employment opportunities for many health care professionals and support workers.
“St Jude’s will be employing many people from local areas to expand their footprint in the South West region.”