24 September Submission to Joint Standing Committee on Assistive Technology September 24, 2018 By Kris Murphy Sector Development 0 ECIA drafted a submission based on members feedback to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Assistive Technology. We sought feedback from members, nationally, by way of survey and received 37 detailed survey responses. We made the following points in our submission: · Families of children age 0-6 with developmental delay and disability are new to disability and as such have limited knowledge of Assistive Technology and are reliant on ECI service providers for support and advice. Very young children quickly outgrow equipment and require ready access to new equipment. · The Assistive Technology process is long and complicated, particularly for complex items. The complexity is a feature carried over from the previous state based Assistive Technology systems. Currently the process takes anywhere between 3 to 12 months which means that very young children miss developmental milestones for the lack of essential equipment. · ECI providers who prescribed and source Assistive Technology for NDIS participant families have identified a number of issues impacting on providers and families such as high administrative costs, lack of access to trial equipment as well as cumbersome and unresponsive administrative processes. · ECIA members call for effective and responsive arrangements that families can manage without ECI practitioner involvement with a clearly defined role for the roles and responsibilities of ECI practitioners in the Assistive Technology process. View Submission Related Submission to NSW inquiry into NDIS Implementation NSW Inquiry into NDIS Implementation: Submissions now open The NSW Parliament is currently requesting submissions for its inquiry into the implementation of the NDIS and the provisions of services within the state. NDIS Independent Pricing Review and ECIA Submission ECIA received extensive feedback from the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) sector Australia wide about Therapy Price Controls set out in recommendations 17 to 21 in the McKinsey & Company Independent Pricing Review (IPR) Report released on 2 March 2018. Winners announced at the 2017 Excellence Awards Winners announced at the 2017 Excellence Awards ISEI Conference Call for Papers now open! The International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI) is pleased to invite researchers and practitioners in ECI and related fields to participate in our conference to be held in Sydney, Australia, June 25-28, 2019. The ISEI conference will be held in conjunction with Early Childhood Intervention Australia, the major professional body in this field in Australia. The ISEI Conference has a strong history of bringing together experts from all around the world. This is the first time that this conference will be held in the Southern Hemisphere. Previous conferences have been held in Stockholm, St. Petersburg, New York, Zagreb, and Rome. Funding boost for inclusion in remote Australia. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.