Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS

30 Jan 2017

In January, The Shepherd Centre made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s (NDIS) inquiry into the provision of hearing services under the NDIS. Click here to download and read our submission (1MB).

The Shepherd Centre welcomes the Committee’s inquiry into this issue, which is of critical importance to children with hearing loss.

In our experience to date, the situation for children with hearing loss is deteriorating markedly under the NDIS, with:
• children with milder levels of hearing loss being denied early intervention support despite clear evidence of the need for, and the benefit from, specialised services;
• insufficient funding for the specialised services children require so that they can achieve spoken language at the same level as their hearing peers; and
• unacceptable delays until the provision of any funding, putting at risk the ability of the children to ever develop language to their full potential.

If you have any questions about this submission, please contact us.