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Sep 20 2019

Our Innovation Wins WSABE AWARD

On Friday night, we were thrilled to win the Award for ‘Innovation’ in the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence (WSABE) for the development of our NDIS Support Calculator.

The NDIS Support Calculator is a free online tool that helps people with disabilities better understand what they could be eligible for under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 

More than 460,000 people are expected to receive a disability support package from the NDIS by 2020. There are literally hundreds of different options and combinations of support that a person may be eligible for under the NDIS and until recently, calculating how much support someone needed was a manual process, using a 45+ page price guide. 

In helping clients transition from our Partner in Recovery Program onto the NDIS, we saw an opportunity to help make the process of calculating a potential NDIS package easier and more accurate. 

Inaccurate calculations can cause someone to underestimate what funding is needed in a package, and may cause someone to be underfunded. We believed there needed to be a better way of helping people understand how much funding they would need to support themselves, their family members or clients.

In consultation with consumers, carers and stakeholders we developed a free online tool www.SupportCalculator.com.au that reduces the time it takes to accurately calculate the costs of a potential NDIS package to just minutes, automating a previously manual process. Launched in October last year, the tool was the first of its kind to help simplify the process of developing a funding package. 

The tool calculates the cost of a variety of support services across 15 different categories and generates a printable report that can be used in discussions with an NDIS planner. It can be used Australia-wide by current or potential NDIS participants, their carers, healthcare and community service professionals. To learn more, watch our new video which explains how the Calculator works. 

The development of this tool is just one more example of how our organisation’s innovative approach is helping our community. I was so proud to be at the event to accept this Award, along with many of our staff who were involved in the development process. 

As a result of this Award, we are now finalists in the NSW Business Chamber Awards, due to be announced in November. 

Wentworth Healthcare Staff at the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence 

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Lizz Reay is the CEO of Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network. Previously Deputy CEO of Nepean Blue Mountains Medicare Local & Nepean Division of General Practice, she has an extensive background in public health.

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