One of the largest regionally based NDIS and aged care providers of community services has established its second office in Wagga.
LiveBetter opened the doors of its new Peter Street office on Friday at a time when demand for regional disability services is greater than ever.
The provider’s CEO Tim Curran said there is an “unmet” need for people with disabilities who have not got the access to funded support.
“Right at the moment in Australia there are 104,000 people who are waiting for a package of support,” Mr Curran said.
“People who are frail and older need access to home care services.
“There’s all kinds of people, people with mental health issues, people with chronic disease, so we’d love to be able to see more funding flow so organisations can provide better support.”
LiveBetter currently provides support to more than 400 customers in Wagga and the Riverina, with approximately 140 local office and frontline staff delivering services in the region.
This regional office will include a range of disability, aged, clinical, case management, home modifications and volunteer programs.
“From this office some of our clients with a disability will come do some training programs around independent living skills, they'll go out and do some recreational activities together,” Mr Curran said.
“We run therapy services here as well, so speech and dietitian, psychological and occupational.”
Child and family services are delivered from the LiveBetter’s other Wagga office located on Fitzmaurice Street.
Some of these services include:
- Support to children and young people who are living in and out of home care services; staff teach independence skills
- Other programs support preschoolers and day care services to become more accessible to those with a dsiablity
- Family support services for those facing a crisis, including education and training to support those families.
An increase to funding through the NDIS by the federal government will start to reach those in regional areas.
While there has been speculation to whether autistic people will be restricted from the NDIS, Mr Curran said he will “continue to strongly advocate for people who are on the autism spectrum to get access to the NDIS that they deserve”.