1749. Hon Alison Xamon to the parliamentary secretary representing the Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health:

I refer to comments made during Legislative Assembly estimates hearings about the possibility of the Western Australia Country Health Service (WACHS) being a service provider under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and I ask:

(a)  has a decision been made about the ongoing role of WACHS as a service provider;

(b)  if yes to (a):

(i)  what parameters have been agreed to; and

(ii)  is this arrangement intended to be ongoing or part of a longer term transition plan; and

(c)  if no to (a), when will a decision be made?

Hon Alanna Clohesy replied: I am advised that:

(a) Yes. The WA Country Health Service (WACHS) has made a decision that it will not become a service provider under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

(b)      (i) Consistent with the Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth and Western Australia: Transition to NDIS in Western Australia, WACHS will withdraw from the provision of ‘in-kind’ NDIS responsible services. WACHS is working with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), NDIS service providers and clients to ensure continuity of service and a seamless transition to the NDIS.

(ii) The arrangement is part of the agreed Commonwealth and state NDIS transition plan.

(c) Not applicable.


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