Program empowers carers to become their own disability support case coordinators

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Learning Links new program is designed to combat the increasing demand for disability support case coordinators resulting from the rollout of the NDIS by empowering parents and carers to become their own case coordinators. 

With our support, the first Parents as Case Coordinators (PaCC) - Train the Trainer program was delivered to 18 health professionals in Newcastle, who are now certified to conduct the seven-week training program for Hunter parents and carers on an ongoing basis.

Delivered over two days, the training program covered a range of support areas including goal setting, conflict management, advocacy, writing individual family service plans and resource management. 

The program is set to play an important role in filling what is becoming a widening service gap in the Hunter's disability sector, by reducing waiting times resulting from the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Supporting this type of program was at the heart of the foundations funding charter. Our funding of this program is building the capacity of our local disability support services and providing them with the skills to deliver PaCC and to better support families.

It is a win, not only for those who will engage directly with the program, but also the many more families that will receive case management services quicker as a result of relief in demand it will provide.

A second Parents as Case Coordinators (PaCC) - Train the Trainer program will be held in Cessnock on 23 and 30 July 2015. Learn more here.