Long before the NDIS, a system that promises a person greater choice and control over their own life, Melba was delivering services underpinned by this philosophy. We have been doing so for 45 years.
“What is exciting for us, is that the system now supports what we’ve always stood for, greater control and choice for people with disabilities,” Glenn Foard, CEO says.
In the 1970’s we recognised that families needed support, and that by coming together we could do more.
In the 1990’s we knew that congregate care, whilst it served its purpose for a time, was no longer the best we could do; so we assisted people to move into purpose-built houses in the community.
In the 2000’s the people we supported and their families, told us that they wanted greater choice and control over their life. So we invested in an Individual Support Arrangements team that worked with people and their families to decide how funding was spent.
Three years ago, we asked, ‘how can we do better?’ And we set about changing the way accommodation services are delivered by committing to our Anderson Street project and The Transport Accident Commission’s RIPL initiative.
And to demonstrate how we work for the people who purchase our services and how we focus on outcomes, we COMMITTED to an independent, world renowned quality system and became the first organisation in Australia to be accredited by the US based Council on Quality and Leadership in ‘person-centred excellence – with distinction.’
So we’re excited about the NDIS and the opportunities it presents.
Choice and control – it’s what we’ve always been about.