A member of the Brotherhood’s Aboriginal LAC team met with a 19 year old Aboriginal participant and his family to develop his NDIS plan. Having recently moved to Melbourne from Queensland with his family, his community links were limited. During the planning meeting conversation they discussed goals, current community, mainstream supports and other funded supports that the participant required.
Once the plan was approved, the Local Area Coordinator assisted him to link into an Aboriginal music group within his community, as well as connect him to service providers who could assist with the NDIS funded supports that were approved on the plan.
Through the planning process a strong relationship was built between the Aboriginal LAC, the participant and his family. Although the family were experiencing difficulties throughout this time, the LAC was able to continue to work with the participant, his father, current provider and the local hospital.
This partnership approach facilitated the participant moving into suitable specialist disability accommodation within 3 weeks of his hospital admission. He commenced his community Aboriginal music group in this 3 week period, reducing time spent in the hospital.
The participant continues to enjoy being part of a loving family while living as an independent adult, exercising his own choice and control. He is being provided with ongoing support from LAC to link into the Aboriginal community and LAC is working with local council around programs for Aboriginal Youth with complex needs.