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ABC News: Young people with disability remain in nursing homes

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28/06/2018

ABC News has published an article about young people with disability living in aged care facilities due to a lack of housing support. NDS Chief Executive Ken Baker is featured in the article.

The ABC article tells the story of Michelle Newland, who was moved in to a nursing home when she was 19 years old after experiencing a brain injury.

It explains that more than 6,000 Australians under the age of 65 live in aged care facilities. About 2,000 of them have signed up for the NDIS, but only 2 per cent receive housing support in their plans. Only participants considered to have ‘high support needs’ receive funding for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).

NDS Chief Executive Ken Baker was interviewed for the article. He said the quality of NDIS plans needs to be improved.

"The group of people with very high support needs often require specialist housing, and that housing is in short supply," Ken said. "Only 6 per cent of people will receive specialist payments."

"Housing development takes a long time and it's quite complicated about how the payments are made and calculated," said Ken.

The article also heard from George Taleporos of the Summer Foundation - which works to get young people out of nursing homes - former Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes, and disability activist Bronwyn Morkham from the Young People in Nursing Homes National Alliance.

Find the full article here.