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The effect of the NDIS on disability services

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) now funds disability services, giving people living with a disability the choice and control over who provides their services.

Disability services provided by the Department of Human Services have been changing in response.

If you’re looking for services, contact the NDIS or its Local Area Co-ordinators (LACs) who have offices servicing South Australia.

Some services previously run by the State Government are now provided by non-Government Organisations. The need for other services has declined as clients transitioning to NDIS plans choose alternative service providers.

Disability services provided by our Department

DHS still provides services for our existing clients or people with NDIS plans in South Australia, through:

  • Accommodation Services — including supported group homes in the community, Highgate Park residential facility from which residents continue to successfully move to supported living in the community, and Northgate Aged Care
  • Disability Transition Unit (formerly Disability SA – Community Services) — NDIS-funded interim arrangements including  in-kind specialist support coordination and Exploring Housing Options. In addition to support coordination in country South Australia
  • Domiciliary Equipment Service (DES)
  • Independent Living Centre and the Continence Resource Centre.

Previous DHS services now operating outside government

  • ASSIST Therapy Services transferred to not-for-profit Minda ASSIST from November 2018
  • Child and Youth Services transferred to newly established, employee-led, not-for-profit Kudos Services from October 2018
  • Domiciliary Care transferred to not-for-profit Royal District Nursing Service SA (RDNS SA) from July 2018, excluding in-home care services provided by Country Health and Aged Care Assessment Program delivered by SA Health.

Previous DHS services now operating in another department

Community nursing, the Centre for Disability Health (CDH) and other specialist community health services became part of SA Health from December 2017.

To make an enquiry or appointment with the CDH clinic in Modbury, phone 8397 8100.

Future Changes

For future changes to DHS disability services, please visit our Future Changes page.

Page last updated : 04 Dec 2019

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