Getting NDIS ready in the Loddon region of Victoria

Posted on 05 May 2017
Loddon story

Stu Timms, 26, from Bendigo is eagerly anticipating the rollout of the NDIS in the Loddon region of Victoria.

Stu, who is studying a Masters of Social Work, had a serious accident eight years ago that left him without the use of his arms and legs.

Stu is looking forward to the choice, control and independence the NDIS will give him.

“I’m hoping the NDIS will give me more choice and freedom with services and that I will become more independent,” Stu said.

“I’m also hoping that it will alleviate the pressure on my family; my brother who is my full time carer, my mum and dad.”

“When I was 18 I was swimming at a beach and hit a sand bar. I broke my neck and spent the next 18 months in hospital for rehab,” Stu said.

“Because my accident happened at a public beach I wasn’t eligible for compensation so it was a very stressful time for my mum and dad wondering how I would cope in the future financially.

“A few fundraisers were held by my mates and a local sporting club that I was involved with which helped pay for my house and vehicle modifications.”

Stu recently had his pre-planning meeting with Intereach, who is partnering with the NDIS to deliver the Scheme in the Loddon region, and says his experience of preparing for the NDIS has been straightforward.

“I recently had my pre-planning interview with my Local Area Coordinator (LAC) Daniel. He was really good at explaining the NDIS to me and made it a really comfortable process, he gathered lots of information which is essential for good service provision.

“The atmosphere at the Intereach office was really friendly and I like the fact that people with disability work there.”

Stu’s advice to future participants on getting NDIS ready is to read up and learn about how the NDIS works prior to your pre-planning meeting and attend NDIS information sessions in your region.

“I attended a number of information sessions in Bendigo last year which I found really helpful and undertook my own research into the NDIS using the NDIS website.
“The NDIS website is easy to navigate and I also found the Q and A section of the website really helpful.

“Because the NDIS is such a big change there are always questions that you will have. I’ve also found my LAC helpful in answering any additional questions.

“Prior to my pre-planning meeting I filled out the Getting ready for your planning conversation checklist. Have a plan written down before you go into pre-planning meeting as on day it can be quite easy to forget.”

View further information on getting NDIS ready in your region.