Promise delivered? The National Disability Insurance Scheme five years on

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 It's been five years since the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was launched with the promise of revolutionising the care and support of people with a range of abilities.  In 2018 it's time to ask - has that commitment been delivered?

Wednesday 28 March 2018 06:30 pm until Wednesday 28 March 2018 08:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Christina Lew
Presented by:
Francis Leach
Type of Event:
Public Lecture
$15 General / $7.50 Students/Concession, FOC Under 18 (accompanied by adult)

La Trobe's first Bold Thinking event of the year will explore what's working and what's failing with the marketisation, individualisation and insurance principles that underpin the NDIS model. What does this mean for the people the system has been set up to support, is life any better for them and is the system actually delivering on the ambitious target first set by policy makers and politicians?

You're invited to join us for the first Bold Thinking Series lecture of 2018 with La Trobe’s Disability specialists including Professor Christine Bigby and Dr Jane Tracy, Paralympian Dr Lisa Chaffey and The Australian’s Rick Morton to discuss and debate the NDIS and more. Find out more about disability expert Professor Christine Bigby on the Nest blog.

Please note this event will be live streamed and live captioned on the night (please click the CC symbol which will appear on the bottom right of the livestream screen). This event will also be followed by tea and coffee for networking purposes.

Hosted by respected broadcaster, journalist and writer Francis Leach, the Bold Thinking Series features a panel of La Trobe University academics in discussion with industry experts to share their bold thoughts and discoveries, and how they relate to modern society. You can find out more about our other upcoming lectures scheduled for 2018 at our website.

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Professor Christine Bigby

Professor Christine Bigby is Director of the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University and Professor of Social Work. Her research has focussed on the effectiveness of social programs and policies that aim to support the social inclusion of people with intellectual disability in adulthood and later life. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is the founding editor of the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Dr Jane Tracy

Dr Jane Tracy is a medical practitioner who has worked for 30 years with people with disabilities and their families. Jane has an adult son with intellectual, physical and associated communication disabilities and so has both a professional and personal understanding of the field. She is Director for the Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria (CDDH), Monash Health and an external member of the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe. The CDDH works across the health and disability sectors to improve the health and healthcare of adults with intellectual disability through educational, clinical and research-based activities.

Dr Lisa Chaffey

Lisa Chaffey is an experienced and accomplished leader across the fields of disability, community development, and sport. She has a unique mix of experience as an elite athlete, academic, occupational therapist, and wheelchair user. She weaves her lifelong experience of being a wheelchair user into learning opportunities for industry, health professional students and people with disabilities throughout the Australia Oceania region. She was part of the La Trobe University team that conducted the Government commissioned evaluation of the NDIS, in conjunction with NILS and Flinders University. Recently, she has commenced private practice as an NDIS-registered occupational therapist.

Rick Morton

Rick Morton is the social affairs writer at the The Australian with a particular policy focus on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, aged care and population, but also writing on homelessness, social trends, drugs, and religion.


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