The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) officially launched in Australia on 1 July 2016 after being trialled in some Australian regions from 2013.
The NDIS will be rolled out incrementally over the next three years across Australia with existing supports remaining in place until the NDIS becomes available in each new region.
The purpose of the NDIS is to provide people with greater choice, individualised support and the flexibility to self-manage these supports. People under the age of 65 with a diagnosis of younger onset dementia are eligible to participate in the NDIS and Dementia Australia’s Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program is available to these people through the NDIS.
Any new system, such as the NDIS, can seem difficult to navigate at first. Younger Onset Dementia Key Workers are ideally placed to support people with younger onset dementia in the NDIS. Not only has the program been interacting with the NDIS since it was first trialled but it is also the only program registered to deliver NDIS funded services that is solely dedicated to support people with younger onset dementia.
If you have a diagnosis of younger onset dementia, a Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker can help you, your family or carer in a number of ways.
If you are an existing Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program participant contact your younger onset dementia key worker to learn more.
If you are not currently participating in the program, the best way to access the Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program is to call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.
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