Local disability service provider Amicus, will receive project funding from the government’s Innovative Workforce Fund to a new way of working to deliver services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Amicus is recognised internationally as a leader in the disability sector with their ‘One person at a time’ service delivery model, and the grant which is administered by National Disability Services, was awarded to four organisations nationally to explore alternative workplace and team formation models, with Amicus the only Victorian disability service funded in this stream.
The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Disability Services recently announced that 21 first round projects would receive grants of up to $200,000, with Amicus receiving $110,000 to support their new Small Leadership Teams framework and workplace model.
Amicus now has 80% of their participants supported within a fully individualised service, choosing when and how they would like their supports delivered.
Chosen from 168 applicants, Amicus CEO Ann-Maree Davis advised that instead of using the traditional hierarchy management model, the new Small Leadership Teams framework empowers both employees and participants to form essential relationships, provides for continuity of staffing and develops better service management and delivery strategies.
“It is proven that continuity increases participant satisfaction and creates a better quality of life; and consistency with the right support team leads to increased happiness and empowerment”.