New disability communication project launched in the Blue Mountains

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Springwood-based NDIS service provider DARE Disability Support has today officially launched their My health, My communication project, a new initiative to help people with intellectual disabilities communicate their health needs with healthcare personnel in mainstream health settings.

The initiative has received over $728,000 in funding under the Morrison Government’s Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) program and covers the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District.

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, who spoke at the launch event via video, said the funding will help reduce barriers for local people with intellectual and developmental disabilities when accessing hospitals and other services. 

“People with intellectual disability often face communication challenges when accessing mainstream healthcare services, and healthcare staff can struggle to understand their personalised needs,” Senator Payne said.

“Better communication strategies will empower NDIS participants to make the choices and decisions that are right for them, a very important outcome, and I look forward to seeing My health, My communication help achieve that.”

CEO of Dare Disability Support, Andrew Daly, said he was pleased to see the project launch after months of consultation with local health services.

“We have been working Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and the Blue Mountains Anzac Memorial Hospital, among other stakeholders, to ensure there is an appropriate local and regional focus,” Mr Daly said.

“This project will allow us to further support people with invisible disabilities, to help substantially improve communication, access and support in the health system.

“This grant follows previous ILC funding support received for the exceptionally successful Are you inclusive program? which in a short period of time has attracted over 120 businesses in the Blue Mountains and local community all committing to being inclusive.”

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