Joint Partnership Provides Disability Independence

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Joint Partnership Provides Disability Independence

A joint partnership between Centacare Tasmania and Devonfield Enterprises is set to deliver an innovative supported accommodation model for three people with a severe or profound disability in the North-West.

The Executive Director of Centacare Tasmania, Mr Tim Gourlay, said the project in Drake St, Devonport, is being funded through a $577,000 grant under the Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund (SAIF).

“This capital grant will enable the development of three purpose built fully compliant and accessible supported accommodation units in the Devonport/North West Coast region,” Mr Gourlay said.

The project is to provide fully accessible, modern, affordable supported accommodation units for people with a disability to live alone.

“Centacare will offer the site to develop this project and will be responsible for the capital works of the project and ongoing maintenance of the properties, while Devonfield will provide the tenancy management and ongoing support service component for the supported accommodation placements,” Mr Gourlay said.

Devonfield has a shortage of suitable accommodation and has clients with individual support packages already in place for whom the units would be ideal.

“The alliance with Centacare Tasmania will draw on the strengths and capabilities of each organisation to provide an innovative model supporting the specific residential needs of Devonfield Enterprise clients,” said Devonfield Executive Director, Steve Daley.

“The accommodation will address an identified need and significant shortage of this type of accommodation in the greater Devonport region,” he said.

The Drake St location is in a residential area and close to transport, the Devonport CBD, recreational venues and government and community services and facilities.

The project has been designed by local North-West architect Garth Murphy. Mr Murphy has been a board member of Devonfield Enterprises for a number of years and has a great understanding of the design requirements to cater for individuals with a disability.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator McLucas, said the funding announced in this year’s Budget, to be delivered over four years, would enable the first stage of the NDIS to be rolled out in up to four locations across the country, from mid-2013  – one year ahead of the timetable set out by the Productivity Commission.

“The Australian Government will work with state governments to determine the launch locations.

“The first stage of the NDIS will provide care and support to about 10,000 people with significant and permanent disabilities.

”That number will double from mid-2014, when the NDIS is expanded to bring the total number of eligible people up to 20,000.

“Under the roll-out, eligible people with disability will have their needs assessed, and will be supported to develop individual plans to deliver ongoing personalised care and support over their lifetime.”