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Interchange advocate helps families with NDIS transition

By Interchange Loddon-Mallee

Loddon region is currently transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), with existing service users and new participants moving across at different times depending on their location and the type of support they receive.

Interchange Loddon-Mallee has been busy over the past few years preparing for the roll out, which was implemented in the Loddon Region in May 2017 and will be instigated in the Mallee in 2019, as well as supporting local families to get the best out of the new scheme.

To support this important task, Interchange Loddon-Mallee has recruited an NDIS Advocate, Rozita Yaganegi, with funding from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.

Ms Yaganegi said the NDIS was new way of providing support for people living with a disability and had a strong focus on participants exercising choice and control over what services and supports they receive.

“To effectively exercise choice and control, participants and their families need sound self-advocacy skills,” said Ms Yaganegi.

“My role is directed at assisting participants to further develop these skills in the context of the NDIS environment, and prepare participants and their families for their initial meetings with NDIS Planners.

“I’m excited to be working as an advocate and look forward to meeting local families and answering their NDIS questions.”

Bendigo mother, Anthea Ruiter said the NDIS and Interchange had been a wonderful support for her son, Ben.

“Ben is high needs and requires 1:1 support due to his uncontrolled epilepsy. He has had so many treatments and surgeries but nothing seems to help sadly,” Ms Ruiter said.

“He went onto the NDIS early as he already had a support package in place. Prior to NDIS Ben had one day a week of a care. Now, Ben receives four days

of support one week and five days of support the next.

“Interchange has been such great support and so patient explaining every detail of what we are entitled to and how it can be spent. They showed me how to access our portal so I can check what has been spent and keep up to date with it all.

“The NDIS and Interchange have been incredible for us. Interchange have treated us all with such respect and professionalism. I believe, going well and truly beyond their care of duty. I would recommend interchange and the NDIS to anybody seeking care for their loved ones.”

To assist families with their NDIS transition Ms Yaganegi has developed a handy guide titled 10 Steps to Prepare for Your First NDIS Plan.

She is also available to answer NDIS related questions on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on 03 5441 1599 or email at rozita.yaganegi@interchangelm.org.au.

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