Happy 2017 to all Tulgeen’s clients, advocates, families and supporters. I wish you all a very happy and healthy new year.
Tulgeen has started 2017 where we left off in 2016 with the fast advance of the NDIS implementation into our region. From recent experience, it is clear that many NDIS participants presenting at Tulgeen require additional support in navigating this new system. To explore this, a ‘Coordination of Supports Project’ has been established to manage this element of NDIS Plan facilitation. ‘Coordination of Supports’ is a funded item in some NDIS Plans and Tulgeen is being requested by clients and Advocates to provide this service. Tulgeen has recognised and identified that the actual need is greater than first anticipated, as Clients and Advocates are finding they too require additional support in managing Plans, especially these First Plans.
To meet this demand, Tulgeen has appointed a project team, comprising Mitch Van Reesch, Project Coordinator with Kate Smith and Karen Machan working collaboratively as ‘Coordinators of Support’ to facilitate the seamless delivery of services while supporting Advocates and clients with the challenges they face during transition. The project team are all located in Cooinda at 26 Eden Street, Bega, and any enquiries about NDIS plans should be directed to the team by calling 6499 0800 or simply drop in.
This project will also measure the potential for a future Coordination of Supports business stream as the NDIS further expands in our region. This will assist Tulgeen to identify if there is need for an ongoing Coordination of Supports and/or a Plan Management role. In the interim, the Coordination of Supports Project team has full carriage of this project, supervised by the CEO and with the full support of the Tulgeen team. A reference group will be established to support this project.
To facilitate the above, Karen Machan’s role as INSYNC Coordinator will be undertaken by Heather Cameron . Heather will manage day to day operations at INSYNC with Karen’s continued general oversight. Allana Ruddick will undertake INSYNC ‘s Team Leader role and Adriane Rees will lead the team responsible for INSYNC’s complex needs clients. During this time, please direct all INSYNC enquiries to Heather and/or Allana, in the first instance on 6499 0845.
Tulgeen has successfully lodged invoices to the NDIA with payments made promptly. We are progressing well with lots of interest from potential customers, and we are accepting new clients. Many current clients have received increased hours of support in their NDIS First Plans which is an excellent outcome for them, and for Tulgeen. As a result, Tulgeen is currently recruiting additional Disability Support Workers to join our front line team. If you know someone with excellent integrity, a passion for working with people within a team environment, who has experience in the industry or who is interested in gaining experience, and qualifications please refer them to our website.
This is all fantastic news for 1Tulgeen and has only been achieved by the contributions and commitment of the entire Tulgeen staff team.
Jen Russell, CEO