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AMA Victoria welcomes the launch of DisabilityCare

1 July 2013

AMA Victoria has welcomed today’s launch of DisabilityCare which is well-placed to better support patients through increased funding and individualised care.

DisabilityCare, the Federal government’s national disability insurance scheme, will allow eligible recipients to individually determine what assistance they do and do not require.

“AMA Victoria fully supports the DisabilityCare trial. There has long been a need for a significant review and overhaul to the funding of disability services and DisabilityCare has the potential to provide some serious benefits to people with disabilities, and their carers” said Dr Parnis.

DisabilityCare covers Australians in the event of a significant disability and it will fund long-term care and support to about 410,000 people aged under 65.

From today, the first stage of the scheme in the Barwon area will commence for residents living in the local government areas of City of Greater Geelong, the Colac-Otway Shire, the Borough of Queenscliffe and the Surf Coast Shire.

By July 2016, it is proposed that all Barwon area residents with significant and permanent disabilities will be able to access the scheme and that the scheme will be progressively rolled out throughout Victoria. The current Labor Government’s outlook contends that all eligible residents will be covered by July 2019.

“This is a major policy initiative, it has the potential to revolutionise the way we care for people who have a disability” said AMA Victoria President Dr Stephen Parnis.

For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Felicity Ryan
Australian Medical Association Victoria
Media & Public Affairs
Telephone: (03) 9280 8753
Mobile: 0437 450 506

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