First Voice has today provided a submission to the National Disability Insurance Agency’s 2017 Price Controls Review.

The submission seeks to reinforce the urgency of finding solutions to key funding issues affecting children with hearing loss under the NDIS.

It also proposes an alternative funding model for early intervention programs, such as those provided by First Voice member centres, that routinely deliver high-level outcomes with a proven positive return on investment as per the intention of the NDIS Act.

As the NDIS embarks on rolling out to a further 3,500 hearing-impaired children across Australia it is imperative that an appropriate early intervention funding model is quickly implemented for programs such as ours that have consistent, high-level proven outcomes and a proven positive return on investment.

NDIS fee-for-service funding arrangements are not appropriate for complex, interactive, evidence-based, multi-disciplinary early intervention programs with proven outcomes and a proven return on investment. An investment funding model is needed for programs such as these.