News & Media

29 March 2016

Latrobe Community Health Service to coordinate NDIS planning in Central Highlands

People with a disability in the Central Highlands will benefit from the experience of Latrobe Community Health Service when the organisation begins its role as a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) on behalf of the National Disability Insurance Scheme on 1 July.

People with a disability in the Central Highlands will benefit from the experience of Latrobe Community Health Service when the organisation begins its role as a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) on behalf of the National Disability Insurance Scheme on 1 July.

“The NDIS is a new way of providing individualised support for eligible people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. We are thrilled to be part of this enormous change,” said Ben Leigh, CEO of Latrobe Community Health Service.

“Both the NDIS and Latrobe Community Health Service are about putting people with a disability at the centre of decisions about their own lives. Our role as a Local Area Coordinator for the NDIA is to work alongside people with a disability and their carers to plan the mix of supports that will allow them to meet their goals and aspirations.”

“It is our job to listen to people with a disability, and put the full potential of the NDIS at their fingertips.”

Mr Leigh said his organisation’s long experience in coordinating disability services would stand it in good stead.

“We’re an experienced not-for-profit organisation. We’re experienced at working alongside people with disabilities, and we’re experienced at building strong relationships with communities.”

Mr Leigh added that the six months before the commencement of the NDIS in the region would be crucial.

“We will be listening; over the next six months in the lead-up to the launch of the NDIS, we’ll be going out into the community, listening to questions and concerns, building relationships, and explaining how NDIS planning will work.”

The announcement is also good news for local employment, with as many as 35 new roles required over the next three years.

Latrobe Community Health Service’s main operations in the Central Highlands will be based in Ballarat. Additional positions will be based throughout the region to ensure thorough local service access.