cohealth’s submission to this review focusses on the absence of funding to cover travel for participants to receive home visits for Support Coordination. This reduces time with Support Coordination and restricts participants choice and control. Socially isolated participants are particularly affected.
We recommend that the travel component of Support Coordination work is funded in line with allied health services.
To whom it may concern,
I am writing on behalf of cohealth, to make a submission to the NDIS annual pricing review. cohealth is one of Victoria’s largest community health services, operating across 10 local government areas in Victoria. Our mission is to improve health and wellbeing for all, and to tackle inequality and inequity in partnership with people and their communities. cohealth provides a range of services to people living with disabilities and we support the NDIS as a critical opportunity for improving people’s lives
cohealth has been providing support coordination services to people living in Melbourne for two years and currently supports participants across a number of NDIS areas, including providing Support Coordination to 110 participants.
Our submission to the pricing review is focused on the current issues presented by the absence of funding to cover travel for participants to receive home visits for support coordination.
It is critical the travel component of the work is funded in line with allied health services (or Therapeutic Supports) i.e. capped at 20 minutes’ drive, one way to an appointment.
We believe that providing the provision for claiming transport to appointments, when our participants request that we visit them in person, will allow them real choice and control over how their services are delivered.
Without a funded travel component, participants risk their time with Support Coordination being drastically reduced because they have a disability which results in them being socially isolated. This is a perverse and unintended outcome for people living with a psychosocial disability which we contend must be addressed as part of this review.
The NDIA’s current position of not approving funding for travel to provide Support Coordination by visiting clients has the following impacts:
Thank you for consideration of this important issue.
Lead Executive, Services