Griffith symposium tackles NDIS challenges

Professor Lesley Chenoweth - Social welfare researcher & Head of Logan campus
Professor Lesley Chenoweth AO has been named in the top 10 of Australia's most influential women.

Two international experts in the field of human services and disability will partner with Griffith University for a symposium ahead of the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland.

Professor Tim Stainton from the University of British Columbia in Canada, and Dr Michael Kendrick from Kendrick Consulting in Massachusetts, USA will headline the Griffith University-hosted NDIS Symposium on the 8th December 2014.

People with disability will also speak at the symposium, sharing their experiences with current disability support, and outlining what they believe to be the most important issues for the implementation of the NDIS.

Griffith University’s Professor Lesley Chenoweth, one of Australia’s leading social work and disability scholars, will chair the event being held at the Anti-Discrimination Commission on Albert Street in Brisbane.

“Griffith University’s NDIS Symposium is an opportunity to hear from, share ideas with and network with people who have a disability, their families, service providers and researchers in the sector,” Professor Chenoweth said

“It is critically important that the voices of all those who will be most impacted by the NDIS are heard.”

The Symposium is the third and final Griffith NDIS event for 2014. It will focus on housing, self-direction of support, and safeguards such as protecting people from neglect, abuse and exploitation.

Tony Hayes, Deputy Director General of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, will deliver the opening presentation which will be an overview of Queensland’s preparedness for the NDIS roll-out.

Tony is a member of the Queensland Planning and Implementation Group for the NDIS in Queensland.

The NDIS is a national insurance scheme, which individualises funding and support to accommodate the choices of a person. It will provide greater equity and enhance an individual’s capacity for social inclusion and independence.

As one of the last states in Australia to adopt the NDIS, Queensland will be rolling out the Scheme between 2016 and 2019.

Resources and a transcript from the day will be available online after the event.