Individualised Funding Symposium

The proceedings of the ATI and DHHS symposium on 3rd November, 2010.

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  1. Official opening
  2. Setting the scene
  3. Making it work - the Western Australian experience (1)
  4. Making it work - the Western Australian experience (2)
  5. Consumer experiences (1)
  6. Consumer experiences (2)
  7. Changing the system
  8. What participants said

Please note that the videos on this page are, by necessity, large files. Viewing these videos over a slow internet connection may be impractical. If you are going to watch the videos of the presentations, we recommend that you also download the text of the PowerPoint® presentations where available, as speakers frequently refer to these.

Official opening

The Symposium was officially opened by Cassy O'Connor, Greens Member of Parliament for the electorate of Denison. You can watch the video of the opening. Please note there were some technical issues with the recording of this video - the audio quality is poor in places.

Setting the scene - Carmel Laragy

About Carmel Laragy, lecturer in Social Work – RMIT University

Dr Carmel Laragy has studied the introduction of individualised funding in disability services over the past decade and she is currently a lecturer in social work at RMIT University. Carmel was part of a team engaged by the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs in 2009 to review individualised funding across Australia.

In the early 2000s, Carmel worked for the Victorian Department of Human Services Disability Services and was project manager for the evaluation of a number of the early individualised funding programs (Futures for Young Adults, Support & Choice and Direct Payments). After moving to academia, Carmel evaluated the development and implementation of a disability individualised funding program at UnitingCare Community Options, Victoria in the mid 2000s, and she is currently working with this organisation as a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant to develop individualised funding in aged care.

In 2005 and 2006 Carmel studied the provision and support of individualised funding in the United Kingdom and Sweden. She is also working with Wesley Mission Victoria and the Association for Children with a Disability (Victoria) on projects to develop flexible and responsive services for people with a disability of all ages.

You can watch the video of Carmel's presentation, and download the text from the PowerPoint® presentation (Microsoft® Word .doc format).

Making it work - the Western Australian experience (1) - Geoff Holden

About Geoff Holden, Manager Sector Development - Disability Services Commission, Western Australia

Geoff Holden has worked in the Disability Sector for the last 30 years. He has been Manager of Sector Development in the Western Australia Disability Services Commission since 2003, and was involved in developing and implementing the Shared Management Model for Individual Funding in Western Australia.

The Shared Management Model is based on the key principle that people with disabilities and their families are the natural authorities about the services to be provided. It offers a way for a person with a disability and/or their families and carers to have more say in the provision and management of their support arrangements. It allows them to take small steps at first, but have more involvement if and when they are ready.

You can watch the video of Geoff's presentation, and download the text from the PowerPoint® presentation (Microsoft® Word .doc format).

Making it work - the Western Australian experience (2) - Rosie Lawn

About Rosie Lawn, Manager Client Services - Perth Home Care Services Inc, Western Australia

Rosie has worked in the disability sector for over 30 years. Over the past 5 years Rosie has worked with Perth Home Care Services (PHCS) as a manager focusing on the development of individualised support for people and their families. She is very interested in what it takes for people and families to have control of their lives and the supports and services they use.

PHCS is a community benefit organisation committed to supporting people to live in the community and works across the disability, aged and mental health sectors with a diverse range of funding sources. Rosie has lead the development PHCS's system and capacity to share management with people and families to manage their own supports. PHCS now assists over 60 people or families to manage their Disability Services Commission funding and is currently developing other prototypes of shared management and self directed support for people and families with mental health or aged care funding.

You can watch the video of Rosie's presentation, and download the text from the PowerPoint® presentation (Microsoft® Word .doc format).

Consumer experiences - Jane Wardlaw

About Jane Wardlaw

Jane Wardlaw is a community economic development practitioner working with vulnerable communities across Australia.

As a person living with disability; returning to live in her home state of Tasmania in 2006, Jane was faced with the barriers to self-directing her own individualised funding as she had in Western Australia. Over a period of 10 months, she established professional networks in the disability sector, to develop the Self-determining Shared Management model (SDSM). The then Minister granted the opportunity for her to trial and develop this program.

Since this time, Jane has furthered her academic career by successfully obtaining a research fellowship with the University of Tasmania’s Department of Rural Health and Menzies Research Centre. Here, she further explored individualised funding models and the notion of self-determination as it applies to people living with disability. Jane has been instrumental in coordinating a series of forums that aim to educate, empower and inform people living with disabilities and their parent/personal carers. Jane is currently studying Postgraduate Disability Studies with Griffith University.

Jane is a member of the Premier’s Disability Advisory Council and Disability and the Arts Panel. She has provided input into numerous state and national policy consultations and legislative changes regarding independent living.

You can watch the video of Jane's presentation.

Consumer experiences - Robin Wilkinson

About Robin Wilkinson AM

From the 1970s onwards, Robin has worked to foster the rights of Tasmanians with disabilities as an integral part of Tasmanian society. She was founder of the organisation Tasmanians with Disabilities Inc. and was its President for many years. She has also been a Tasmanian delegate to a variety of national councils, including the Disability Advisory Council of Australia and the National Council of Disabled Peoples International (Australia). Robin was a founding member of the Consumer's Telecommunications Network (CTN) Inc. The promotion of the rights of people with disabilities in the area of communications has led to international recognition of the work of the CTN. For the past twenty years, Robin has been a Board member and office bearer of Advocacy Tasmania. Robin recently authored A Consumers' Guide to Personal Care for the Tasmanian Council of Social Service, and she is a member of the Minister's Advisory Council.

You can watch the video of Robin's presentation.

Changing the system - Robbi Williams

About Robbi Williams, Chief Executive Officer - Julia Farr Group

Robbi is currently CEO of the Julia Farr Group, a trio of non-government organisations working to improve the life chances for people living with disability and their families, through research, policy housing services and grant-giving. Robbi has been centrally involved in major change efforts, including the reform of mental health services in New Zealand, and the transition of human services from institutions to communities.

A psychologist by background, Robbi has over 20 years' international experience working across a range of social issues including disability, mental health, families, ageing, and primary and specialist health services.

Robbi is a regular columnist for national disability magazine Link, and is the developer of a well-being planning framework known as the Q50™ and a leadership development model called the Little Big Box™. He is also author of the popular blog Purple Orange.

Through his research work at Julia Farr Association, Robbi has taken a lead role in the investigation of Individualised Funding as an emerging paradigm in the arrangement of disability support in Australia. Robbi is the national convenor of In Control Australia.

You can watch the video of Robbi's presentation, and download the text from the PowerPoint® presentation (Microsoft® Word .doc format).

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