News & Media

23 April 2020

Latrobe Community Health Service to coordinate NDIS planning in South Eastern Sydney

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

Elliot Callum Darwin

Latrobe Community Health Service provides Local Area Coordination for nine other service areas, and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) in two service areas.

“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 National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is to work alongside people with a disability, their families and carers to plan the mix of supports that will allow them to meet their goals and aspirations,” said Ben Leigh, CEO of Latrobe Community Health Service.

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

Professor Judi Walker, Board Chair of Latrobe Community Health Service, said the organisation’s long experience in Local Area Coordination would stand it in good stead.

“We are an experienced, secular not-for-profit community organisation. We exist for people, not profits. We know how to work effectively alongside people with disabilities, and we’re experienced in providing Local Area Coordination services. This work is a good strategic fit, and the Board was pleased to approve it.”

Mr Leigh added that work would begin immediately to build strong community ties.

“We’ll be going out into the community, listening to questions and concerns, and building relationships.”

Latrobe Community Health Service will work closely with St Vincent de Paul – the current Local Area Coordination partner – to ensure a smooth transition for participants.

“We understand that no two areas are alike. Wherever we work, we’re very committed to ensuring we have strong local knowledge. We plan to retain the existing workforce, who have fantastic local connections into the disability sector in South Eastern Sydney,” said Mr Leigh.

“That local knowledge and understanding allows us to develop localised approaches specific to the needs of the community.”

Mr Leigh said Latrobe Community Health Service would also seek to continue providing services from the offices previously used by St Vincent de Paul.

About Latrobe Community Health Service

Latrobe Community Health Service is a secular, charitable not-for-profit health service. Beginning in Gippsland, Victoria, nearly 25 years ago, the organisation now employs more than 1,000 staff at more than 50 sites across Victoria and New South Wales.

As well as Local Area Coordination in partnership with the NDIS, Latrobe Community Health Service also provides more than 100 other health and community support programs, including:

  • Home Care Packages
  • GP services
  • Dental services
  • Allied health services
  • Carer programs
  • Alcohol and drug counselling
  • Gambler’s Help
  • Generalist counselling
  • Nursing
  • Chronic disease management
  • Health promotion