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Maryborough hosts first disability forum

Speaker Giving a Talk, Audience in the conference hall.

Stakeholders and people with disabilities have come together in Maryborough today (11 February) for the first of a series of forums across the state to discuss how to support more Queenslanders to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

“Today’s forum was an opportunity to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities of the NDIS in local areas, and how we can increase the number of people with disability accessing the scheme,” Minister for Disability Services Mrs Coralee O’Rourke Mrs  said.

The forum also explored how local case managers can support potential participants in the Maryborough region through the NDIS application process.

“It also gives us an opportunity to introduce the Assessment and Referral Team (ART) that we have set up in Maryborough as part of the $20 million investment made available through collaboration with the Commonwealth Government.” Mrs O’Rourke said

The ART will engage with local government and community agencies to support people with disabilities to access the NDIS.

“The response from the forum to the establishment of the ART has been very positive and I look forward to returning to Maryborough in the near future to see the results of this investment.”

In addition to providing people with the supports they need, the NDIS is contributing to jobs growth across Queensland.

For more information, go to www.ndis.gov.au

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