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ndis Wendy Adams will now receive funding for essential nursing services at home. “I know there are many who can’t get funding or access nursing services, including young people who are forced to stay in nursing homes as the only way they can get daily care.” Mr Powell said Spinal Life Nursing services appeal Australia hoped Wendy’s win was the start of many to come. “While there are people who are covered for nursing services under the State Government’s Queensland Community Care program, there are still many like Wendy who don’t have that option and were not offered it through their NDIS plan,” he said. Toowoomba resident Wendy Adams has become one of the first people to have nursing services funded under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). And the Spinal Life Australia member hopes she’s not the last. S pinal Life Chief Executive available can lead to life-threatening health complications, resulting in more hospitalisations and further pressure on the health care system. “It’s very important to ensure people who need nursing services Officer Michael Powell said essential to prevent serious health can access funding for it, through the Wendy previously received issues developing as a result of her NDIS or elsewhere.” funding for nursing services under her Your Life Your Choice plan and spinal cord injury. “To expect someone with He said the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) recently learned that her funding would not disability to spend hours each advised they were working with continue after she transitioned to day waiting at a doctor’s office or the Queensland Government’s the NDIS. emergency room or needing to pay Department of Health to further for daily visits out of their own pocket clarify where responsibilities lie for just isn’t sustainable,” she said. nursing services. She successfully appealed this decision and will now receive funding for an hour a day of essential nursing 14 Wendy said nursing services were “Not having these services readily “I’m very happy with the results of Ms Adams received assistance services at home, such as pressure the appeal, but it should also apply in her appeal from Legal Aid and sore care, skin health checks and to everyone with a disability who Queensland Advocacy Incorporated. catheter changes. needs it. ndis