More recently in 2015-16 the Council has provided focus on:
- capacity building and early intervention—significant strategies that can change people’s aspirations, goals and decisions to become part of the mainstream world
- concepts of safeguards and risk enabling people with disability to exercise choice and control, while balancing personal safety with the dignity of risk
- analysing what is effective in capacity building so that capacity can be built over time through a variety of methods, including peer to peer support and Agency funded reasonable and necessary support
- refining the participant planning process
- refining strategies on how the Agency is designing the Scheme for people with psychosocial and intellectual disability. This work has had a significant impact and has led to the creation of a Mental Health Reference Group (MHRG) as well as the development of a mental health work plan
- creating an Intellectual Disability Reference Group (IDRG). There are a significant number of people in the Scheme who have an intellectual disability.
Intellectual Disability Reference Group
In 2015 the Council set up the Intellectual Disability Reference Group to advise on the effectiveness of the Scheme design and how to engage and connect better with people with intellectual disability to enable them to live an ordinary life.
The group has so far discussed many topics, including:
- promoting equity of access to the Scheme
- planning and implementing support where participants lack effective informal support
- decision-making and participants with cognitive impairment
- participants with complex behaviour
- creating a positive vision for participants with intellectual disability
- information, linkages and capacity building
- participants in large residential centres
- parents who have an intellectual disability.
The future with IAC
The future work program will examine how the Agency can strengthen its focus on innovation. The Council will collect and analyse examples of models of support in housing, work and leisure that build participants’ independence, social and economic participation and self management and provide examples of innovative ways in which segregated service models can transition to open inclusive models. This work will be co-sponsored by market and actuarial areas so that different models can be costed, and market levers will be developed to promote them. New innovations in living, working and recreation from Australia and globally will also be analysed and disseminated.
As the Scheme rolls out across Australia from July 2016, the Council will continue to provide advice to the Agency Board so that at every step central to the design and delivery of the Scheme is the goal of people with disability, families and carers living an ordinary life participating fully in Australian society.
The members of the IAC are:
- Professor Rhonda Galbally AO
- Dr Ken Baker
- Mr Dean Barton-Smith AM
- Ms Jennifer Cullen
- Mr Kurt Fearnley OAM*
- Ms Sylvana Mahmic
- Ms Janet Meagher
- Ms Joan McKenna-Kerr
- Dr Gerry Naughtin
- Mr Michael Taggart
- Mr Dale Reardon
*Mr Fearnley resigned from the Independent Advisory Council on 5 May 2016.