The Lifetime Support Scheme is nearing the end of its first year, having commenced on July 1 last year. During our first 11 months we have accepted 36 participants into the Scheme – one as a lifetime participant.
The Lifetime Support Scheme is modelled actuarially on the New South Wales Lifetime Care and Support Authority, which commenced in 2006.
It is interesting to reflect on the projections we undertook before the start of the Scheme, which showed we could expect 45 participants each year or that someone will be seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident every 8.1 days.
The reality during our first year is closely in line with our forecasting, with accidents in 2014–15 sadly causing these very serious injuries approximately every 8.2 days.
Similarly, the mix of very serious injuries that have been sustained by our participants is also in line with estimates. The largest percentage, about two-thirds, have sustained brain injury, just over a quarter with spinal injuries and the reminder have whole limb amputations.
The participant median age of 46 may surprise many people, with a broad age range – the youngest participant is two and the oldest is 75. And, there is a 50/50 split from country and metropolitan areas.
It is noteworthy that more than half of the Scheme’s participants probably would not have been eligible for Compulsory Third Party compensation if they had have been injured prior to the Scheme’s commencement.
The LSA team finds it extremely rewarding to work closely with participants and their families so that they can choose the long-term services and support they need. The LSA takes a person-centred approach and it is vital the Scheme’s participants make the decisions that best benefit them and their life.
After learning so much from our counterparts in New South Wales and Victoria, we have welcomed the opportunity to inform our colleagues from Western Australia about the South Australian Scheme. It has been great to have the WA contingent visit our Adelaide offices in recent weeks and spend time apprising them of our work at LSA.
We are also continuing to work closely with our important partners in the disability sector. Plans are underway for this year’s International Day of People with Disability, for which we will again partner with BINSA and ParaQuad SA. It will be a fun day to recognise and celebrate people living with disability, and we would love to see you join us in your lunch break on December 3 in Victoria Square – please put the date in your diaries.
Finally, Thanks to ParaQuad SA for an inspirational event on 29 May at their SA’s Annual Leading Ladies Luncheon at The Highway. The annual event raises money for the very important peer support program run at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre. It was wonderful to hear from inspirational speakers Mrs Lan Le, Angelique Boileau and Jenny Williams who shared stories about their road to success and some of the obstacles they have overcome along the journey.
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This article was featured in the June 2015 Edition of LSS News. The LSS Update is a quarterly enewsletter from Lois and the LSA team.