Dementia Australia working to ensure better outcomes for people with younger onset dementia during their transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme

With the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rolling out to more areas later this year and into the future, the Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program is working hard to support people with younger onset dementia as they prepare for their NDIS planning sessions and provide services such as coordination of supports. 

Younger Onset Dementia Key Workers, delivering coordination of supports in the NDIS, can play a vital role in negotiating support costs with providers, making arrangements for support delivery and providing information and ongoing support to providers regarding the specific needs of people with younger onset dementia. 

In June, Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Team Leaders from every state and territory met for two days for productive and informative discussions on how the transition to NDIS is progressing across the country.  

This was a great opportunity for our Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Team Leaders to share their experiences and ideas from their various stages of NDIS rollout in different regions. 

From 1 July people in new areas across Australia will be eligible to access the NDIS in a number of new regions and age groups across five states and territories. 

People living with younger onset dementia in these areas can benefit from Dementia Australia’s institutional knowledge and NDIS experience from our Younger Onset Dementia Key Workers who have been supporting people through the NDIS since it was first trialed in 2013.

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

For more information please visit Younger onset dementia and the NDIS.