Policy Submission: Planning options and services for people ageing with disability
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The purpose of our submission is to highlight ways in which people living with disability can gain access to planning and funding options that ensure they are supported in ways that meet their individual needs and circumstances as they age.
Recommendation 1 - Ensure public policy, planning and commissioning of supports uphold the place of people living with disability as valued citizens at the core of our communities
We recommend that public policy, planning and commissioning of supports uphold the place of people living with disability as valued citizens at the core of our communities, and no longer commission congregate support arrangements that separate people from their communities.
Recommendation 2 - Introduce Individualised (Self-Directed) Funding
We recommend that the Individualised Funding methodology be widely introduced as the dominant paradigm for the commissioning of planning and support services for people ageing with disability.
Recommendation 3 - Establish Person-Centred Planning arrangements
We recommend that authentic, person-centred planning and support methodologies be widely introduced as the dominant paradigm for developing plans and supports for people ageing with disability.
Recommendation 4 - Establish new common funding mechanisms for commissioning personal supports
We recommend that separate funding mechanisms for people living with disability and people who are ageing be replaced by a common funding mechanism that assures practical support to all Australians with significant personal support needs.