AUDIT CALLED FOR LISMORE'S DISABILITY SERVICES

Audit Called for Lismore’s Disability Services

20 December 2007

NSW Shadow Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance and Member for Lismore Nationals Thomas George have called on the Iemma Government to audit disability services in Lismore following the efforts of parents to fight for am improvement in therapy services for children with a disability.

Thomas George hosted a visit to the region on Monday with the Shadow Minister, Andrew Constance to hold meetings with parents and a visit to Wilson Park School.

“Parents are concerned about the availability of physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy in Lismore given the Iemma Government’s pledge through its $1.3 billion Stronger Together plan for the sector,” Mr Constance said.

“There is no point in the Labor Minister boasting about massive amounts of spending when parents, carers and people with a disability are struggling to cope at a grass roots community level.

“People are influencing the performance of the Iemma Government at a community level and it is very clear that change is needed,” Mr Constance said.

“At this stage the Spastic Centre based in Coffs Harbour has commenced a therapy program for Lismore, however parents are calling for more therapy services to be based at Wilson Park School,” Mr Constance said.

“My concern is that the Minister has no handle on the level of demand in the region for disability services and I am calling for a service audit to be undertaken to ensure that the demand for these vital services is being met,” he said.

Thomas George expressed concern about the lack of information available to parents of disabled children, the payment offered to families through the Family Assisted Funding program and its ambiguous guidelines which has seen many families miss out on assistance.

“Therapy services, the family assisted funding program, respite and post school programs are services that are being provided in the region, however concerns lie with whether they are meeting the needs of local people,” Mr George said.

“People need assistance through this program and I am keen for a review of the unsuccessful applications,” Mr George concluded.

Contact Thomas George on 6621 3624

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577