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Canberra Times: Pension changes a missed opportunity

More than 85 per cent of Australians on the disability support pension have missed out on the federal government’s increase to the income credit given to age and veterans pensions.
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ABC News: Funding changes to NDIS behind closure of Activ worksites as families left 'devastated' by decision

Funding changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) have forced WA's largest disability services provider to close its industrial worksites, according to its chief executive. 
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Canberra Weekly: Opinion – Albanese interview backlash detracts from the real issue

As news that Anthony Albanese failed to recall NDIS policy details dominates the headlines, NDS CEO Laurie Leigh says she can’t help but feel frustration that the focus is on ‘memorisation’ over...
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ABC News: NT disability support services say wait times are rising as demand for allied health grows

Mick Fallon, the NDS Northern Territory Manager, said a shortage of allied health workers meant some clients, both adults and children, had been going without treatment.
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The Australian: Reviews of disability scheme will stop ‘death by a thousand cuts’

NDS welcomed the ALP's NDIS policy announcement yesterday including commitments to review cuts to plans and a review of pricing models.
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ABC News: Increased demand for Queensland disability support workers is leaving people in danger

Senior Manager Karen Stace spoke with the ABC about disability workforce shortages and what service providers and NDS is requesting to meet current and future needs.
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ABC 7:30—Shortage of disability workers becoming a crisis

NDS is calling for systemic change to boost the workforce, CEO Laurie Leigh told ABC's 7.30.
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SBS News—New 'social scripts' make getting COVID-19 vaccines easier for children with autism

Autism advocacy body Amaze in partnership with National Disability Services and supported by the Victorian Government have created a series of social scripts about vaccination for children with autism.
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ABC News - Claims disability sidelined in rapid tests race

Although there's been a widespread shortage of rapid antigen tests, disability advocates say the government process for their sector to access test kits is unworkable.
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ABC Radio Perth—Response to the WA border not reopening

NDS chief executive Laurie Leigh spoke with ABC Radio in WA on Friday after Premier Mark McGowan announced the border would not reopen on 5 Feb due to low booster vaccination rates.