The NDIS represents a shift away from historical block funding for public services and towards a fee-for-service model. In this new model, clients negotiate and engage services in a market environment.
This change impacts how students can gain experience in working with people who have disabilities. New challenges are brought up for service providers in how they facilitate student placements effectively and appropriately.
There has been limited investigation of these issues despite the expectation that the demand for allied health services in some areas of South Australia will quadruple.
Our project responds to the need for allied health professionals, educators and service providers to develop innovative and collaborative solutions that:
- meet client needs;
- fit with the capabilities of service providers; and
- address student competencies.
The model, resources or strategies that are developed throughout this project aim to support training so students develop practical skills for future work with NDIS-funded clients. These skills will prepare students to work in disability settings after graduation.