The Lifetime Support Authority is finalising plans for the commencement of the Lifetime Support Scheme on 1 July, 2014.
It’s a very busy time for the LSA Board and staff, and we are grateful for the assistance and support we are receiving from across the health and disability sectors as we get closer to our commencement date.
I’d like to keep you informed of our development over the coming months, as many of you have had key roles already in our planning and preparation, and will continue to be an important participant in the LSA and the new scheme.
Lifetime Support Authority official launch
On Monday, 30 June, 2014. Minister Jack Snelling, who is the Minister responsible for the LSA, will officially launch the scheme. I hope to see a number of you there.
Planning for the introduction of the LSS
In starting a new accident compensation scheme for people who sustain lifelong disabilities in motor vehicle accidents in SA, we have been fortunate to work with similar schemes in other Australian jurisdictions that have been in place for several years.
NSW and Victoria in particular have been a good source of information to assist us during the “start-up” phase, and ensuring that we are beginning with the benefit of their experience.
I am also fortunate to have recruited people with detailed experience in the South Australian disability, health and rehabilitation sectors.
Introducing the LSA Staff
Many of you will already know some of our staff members, as they have been working for some months to establish strong relationships and contracts with many of our partners across the sector.
The LSA Service Planners have been appointed to work directly with injured people, their families and carers, and liaise with service providers and personal care and support attendants.
Marguerite Dissinger is the Manager, Assessment and Service Delivery, with more than 30 years experience policy and service development and the State Government’s health, disability and human services sectors. She was instrumental in the de-institutionalisation process at the former Julia Farr Service, and is a former CEO of the Cora Barclay Centre, and has held senior positions in the Community Accommodation and Respite Agency (CARA) and Novita Children’s Services.
Rebecca Singh is the Lead Service Planner and is an Occupational Therapist working in clinical roles with a focus on complex brain injury and multi-trauma cases. She has championed initiatives to promote equity in the assessment of equipment and services for clients and has a long commitment to strengthening the services provided to clients by promoting a contemporary and evidence based workforce.
Karen Munro and Nicole de la Parrelle are also part of the LSA Service Planning team, and both have worked in clinical settings in disability and health for a number of years.
The LSA Board consists of seven members with expertise in governance, health, disability, legal and financial management. Two members are also members of the MAC SA Board.
The LSA Board Chair Juliet Brown has extensive experience in law and business. She is a professional company director and her current directorships include the South Australian Motor Accident Commission, the South Australian Financing Authority Advisory Board and the Medical Insurance Group of Australia.
We are currently finalising assessment of tenders for our service provider partners, and I look forward to introducing them to you in my next update.
I want to continue to raise the profile of the LSA and the scheme, and hope you will be interested in regular updates on our progress. I’d love the opportunity to include information about the LSA and our role in your industry newsletters or updates.
I look forward to building on the strong relationships we have begun to form with our partners in the disability, health, medical and personal care and support industries.
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This article was featured in the June 2014 Edition of LSS News. The LSS Update is a quarterly enewsletter from Lois and the LSA team.