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International Graduate Centre of Education

National Disability Insurance Scheme and families

This project measured the impact of changes to the delivery of services within the NDIS in the Barwon region of Victoria.


Dr Alison MarchbankChief Investigator: Dr Alison Marchbank

Duration: March 2014 - December 2015

When an infant or young child is diagnosed with a permanent disability, it is universally accepted that early intervention is most effective in supporting the family to adjust to the child’s special needs.

From 2013, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be rolled out in stages throughout Australia impacting a range of different groups.

The purpose of this project is to examine:

  1. how professionals planned for transition to the NDIS in the Barwon region of Victoria identified as a preliminary site for the implementation of the NDIS
  2. the impact of changes to the delivery of early intervention services, from professional and families’ perspectives.

This data will then be used to inform a second study with families in Darwin and Darwin Rural with a particular focus on families from Culturally And Linguistically Diverse backgrounds (CALD).

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