Elderly Coast carers embrace disability insurance scheme
THE NDIS has been embraced by the district's elderly - some in their nineties - who have been providing full-time care for their disabled children.
When the National Disability Insurance Scheme comes into effect in 2019, Maryborough father Bevin Suter will be in his 70s and will be one of the primary carers for his daughter Korin.
But others, already in their 80s and 90s, see the NDIS as a timely lifeline.
So Wednesday's historic decision by Queensland to sign up will mean a new sense of security for the Suter family and hundreds of other aging parent carers on the Fraser Coast.
Premier Campbell Newman and Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Wednesday formalised the deal with $896 million of state funding pledged over five years.
Mr Suter, a member of the Fraser Coast's Endeavour Foundation committee, said families would breathe a big sigh of relief.
He said there were too many carers aged into their 80s and 90s still providing constant care for their disabled children.
"There is just nowhere near enough services to meet the demand, not even half enough," he said.
New providers, more choice and financial security will finally be available to carers under the NDIS, Mr Suter said.
Local Cerebral Palsy League Australia manager Michael Binyon said the NDIS would mean better opportunities for people with a disability to engage in school, sport and employment.
He said only an estimated 15% of Queenslanders with a disability received government support under the existing structure.