Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent today welcomed an announcement from Assistant Minister for Disability Services Jane Prentice that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) would be rolled out across the region.

Mr Broadbent, who attended the official launch of the program at the Latrobe Community Health Service office in Morwell – along with LCHS CEO Ben Leigh and Member for Gippsland Darren Chester – said the NDIS would be a winner for people with a disability and those looking for work in the healthcare industry.

“Latrobe Community Health Service was awarded the tender after an extensive process and will employ more than 50 extra people in the region to serve more than 3,700 people with a disability in Inner Gippsland as they transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS),” Mr Broadbent said.

“The inner Gippsland region takes in the local government areas of Baw Baw, Latrobe, Bass Coast and South Gippsland.”

LCHS will also work closely with Link Health & Community, which will be providing Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) in Inner Gippsland.

“ECEI is all about making sure children and families have the skills, resources and confidence they need to part of the community,” Mr Broadbent said.

“The Federal Government remains fully committed to implementing the NDIS, offering lifelong support for people with a disability, their families and carers.

The transition to the full scheme is an extremely complex venture, and eventually is expected to cover about 460,000 people. It is critical to ensure that it develops sustainably, on time and on budget.”