NDIS Panel Session

Rob Curry, President, Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH)


  • Edward Johnson, Speech Therapist, Marathon Health
  • Jeff Cook, CEO Lanyhapuy, Homelands Health Service
  • Donna-Maree Towney, Project Officer, Indigenous Allied Health Australia
  • Stephanie Gunn, General Manager, Partners in the Community

The NDIS panel session will bring together 4 different perspectives on applications of the NDIS program in rural and remote Australia.  We will hear from the NDIA about work the Agency is undertaking to ensure people in rural and remote Australia get fair access to quality services.  We will get a view from a remote Aboriginal community in the NT about the benefits and challenges presented by the NDIS for people with disabilities in a remote setting.  Findings and recommendations from a project looking at culturally responsive disability service provision in rural and remote Australia will be offered up.  And finally, and importantly, we will gain insights to community and participant views of the NDIS and disability services from western NSW.  The panel session will provide a forum for delegates to explore these different domains, and to then compare and contrast the different challenges and opportunities for allied health and disability services in rural Australia under the new arrangements.

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