Link October 2018 Volume 27 Issue 5 - Page 18

ndis Changing the way businesses think Businesses are changing the way they think with the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), according to health care organisation Bupa. B upa Therapy Operations “The NDIS has put more choice Manager, Angela Aldous, said and control into the hands of people the company spent 18 months with disability, and it’s meant the convenient and coordinated to make life easier overall. “It’s made us think of different speaking with people with disability, health system has had to evolve to and innovative ways to improve their carers and clinicians to better meet their needs,” Ms Aldous said. therapy access to people who need understand what they needed and “Taking a more human approach it the most. It’s resulted in our new, what would make a real difference to has given us an opportunity to expand purpose-built therapy centre that’s their lives. our role in the health and support been co-designed with people with system and deliver a much better disability and their carers.” The result is a new therapy service in a state-of-the-art, purpose-built centre located in West Melbourne. It is open for anyone, not just Bupa customers. experience for people with disability. “We didn’t want to assume we Ms Aldous said people wanted more convenience, so having already knew what people want, physiotherapy, occupational therapy so we spent 18 months carefully and speech pathology under one roof presented a new and exciting listening to people with disability and was key. opportunity to think differently about their families, carers, and clinicians how health providers could best meet about what they need. They told means that bespoke facilities like these the needs of people with disability. us they want support to be more are now more accessible and built very Ms Aldous said the NDIS “The introduction of the NDIS much for specific needs,” she said. “One of the ways we have embraced innovative ways of providing therapy is through the trial of cutting edge robotic gait training technology called the G-EO Evolution. We are the first to trial this in the southern hemisphere. “The G-EO System has a wide range of applications for people with mobility issues including but not limited to, spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple Angela Aldous, Operations Manager, left, and Senior Physiotherapist, Vicky Cook, right. 18 ndis sclerosis and orthopaedic conditions. “The NDIS is encouraging more competition and choice in the sector, and people with disability are the ones who benefit from that.”