Oakeshott stands with #StandbyMe and warns against creating a new inequality in disability care | Rob Oakeshott | Independent for Cowper

Disability funding in NSW is a key issue at the ballot box this weekend, with the NSW Government planning to withdraw from the sector altogether in the next term of parliament says Independent candidate for Cowper Rob Oakeshott.

(L-R Grant Murray, Matt Snow, Rob Manwaring, Tracy Pryer, Wendy
Carpenter and Peter Carnaby with Rob)


"The National Disability Insurance Scheme is having landing troubles and causing frustration, anxiety, and stress to individuals and their support networks throughout the region," said Mr Oakeshott.

"A meeting with the Disability Advocacy network — which brought together representatives from Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Taree — confirmed what I have been hearing from people throughout the Cowper electorate. The NDIS is having major transition issues.

"Now is not the time for the NSW Government to be bowing out. It will be a disaster if they stick to their plan of walking away from funding disability advocacy in 2020. It will pull $13 million per year from much needed support for people with disabilities in our region and could result in the closure of offices in Coffs, Port Macquarie and Taree," Oakeshott said.

"It is clear that those with strong advocates are succeeding with their NDIS care packages, and those who lack advocacy are suffering. If NSW withdraws further on advocacy funding it will create a new inequality in disability care, and this is not in anyone's interests," said Oakeshott

"A disturbing figure quoted during the discussion was that 85% of people with a cognitive disability suffer abuse during their lifetime. Advocacy is essential for them.

"Advocacy is needed to help with housing, legal matters, child protection, health, education, guardianship, employment, navigating service providers, supported decision-making, discrimination issues, and transport." Oakeshott said

"NDIS will not fund advocacy. NSW withdrawing long-standing support for it means both levels of government are expecting people with disabilities to navigate all of these issues alone. That is a policy failure.

"I strongly urge all candidates and all parties to stand by those dealing with disability and stand for a continuation of disability advocacy funding in NSW."


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