YellowBridge develops opportunities with NDIS

28 Jun 2017 8:22 AM - YellowBridge QLD
Jodie Collins (left) with client Liam Woodford and YellowBridge QLD chief executive Penny Hamilton at their NDIS launch

Jodie Collins is the General Manager for Disability Support at YellowBridge QLD. Her team of 65 support workers provided more than 90,000 hours of support to people with a disability last year. We chat to her about what the National Disability Insurance Scheme means for her clients.


The NDIS has been running in the Toowoomba region for 6 months now, what has been the biggest change you’ve seen?

Definitely the shift in focus to the individual’s needs.  Clients are now being funded appropriately to identify and explore individual support, individual goals and individual needs.

What types of services and support are most in demand by your clients?
Our clients love our group programs. They are great for exploring social skills, health and wellbeing, sports and fitness, independent living skills development and exploring fun activities or hobbies.
We are also seeing more clients accessing allied health supports such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and exercise physiology.  Some clients have not been able to regularly afford these services before now.
Many clients are wanting to work in mainstream employment with the support of their dedicated support worker that is now funded under NDIS.  We are looking for employers that are wanting to engage and accept an awesome new staff member into their team.

How are your clients responding to the NDIS?
We are seeing some really positive outcomes. Some clients can now access the community and participate in events because they have funding for a support worker to assist them.

What are the big opportunities ahead?
Helping our clients to explore new and different support options to expand their experiences is a huge opportunity. So is supporting some of our clients to transition from living with parents to moving into their own place.

To find out more, visit www.yellowbridgeqld.com.au or phone 4639 3271.
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