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Support Services

Cape & Torres Disability Service Delivery Project

Indigenous Services
 
 
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Cape & Torres Disability Service Delivery Project

Individuals with a disability residing in remote locations within Cape York and the Torres Strait face significant barriers to having their disability support needs met including limited access to culturally relevant assessment tools and a lack of specialist disability service providers within their community. The lack of culturally appropriate assessment tools and regional assessment resources contribute to a limited allocation of individualised funding packages, undermining the creation of a financially viable market for service providers. Invariably the remote location of these communities drives up the cost of service provision ensuring disability support services remain out of reach of individuals with existing packages as allocated funding fails to cover adequate and sustainable service provision.

The Cape & Torres Disability Service Delivery Project provided training, mentoring and assessment services to the communities of Saibai Island, Badu Island, Weipa and Kowanyama. Synapse assessed the support needs of identified clients and worked within the individuals' existing resources to provide innovative solutions to their support requirements. Synapse worked withn Service Providers identified by DCCSDS to ensure the delivery of suitable and sustainable disability support services that enhance the individuals quality of life.

The project was undertaken over a twelve month period culminating in a comprehensive report detailing the disability support needs of each community. The report outlined the steps required to establish disability support services that meet the needs of each community including suggested time frames and budgetary impacts.

 

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