I hope you are all doing well. It’s excellent news that daily COVID-19 cases continue to decline. We have plenty of rapid antigen tests and PPE at Melba, and most of our staff have had their COVID 19 booster. All remaining staff will get their booster by 12 March.
We will continue to support people to get vaccinations and boosters. If you need help arranging an appointment, please contact your house manager or regional general manager. You can also find your nearest vaccination site and walk in or book now. More information is at: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine
Calling for reforms to the NDIS
With the national election and budget to be held in the next few months, I wanted to highlight the urgent need for reforms to the NDIS.
As many of you have experienced personally, NDIS cutbacks have slashed people's plans, leaving many people with disability without the funding they are entitled to and that they need.
There is so much evidence that families have had their NDIS funding cut, despite the Federal Government’s denials.
Here’s a recent ABC story about people with autism and intellectual disabilities losing funding: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/adelaide/programs/am/families-lose-ndis-funding/13750448
Ahead of the national election, politicians will be listening to voters. Now is our chance to call on our political leaders to support a properly-funded NDIS and stop people from losing reasonable and essential support.
I’ve written to you about the NDS’s Teamwork Works campaign a few times, which Melba supports. The campaign calls for an effective NDIS.
The campaign has now launched an open letter to our leaders in Federal Parliament. It calls on the Prime Minister and Opposition leader to commit to delivering a strong NDIS. If you want to add your voice to the call and sign the open letter, click here to sign now.