Welcome to the 2018 Winter Edition of LSS News.
The Lifetime Support Scheme (LSS) recently marked four years since it began on 1 July 2014. Each year, the Scheme continues to change in response to the needs of participants and the LSS Rules, governing how it operates, evolve.
As the Scheme and the Lifetime Support Authority (LSA) matures, the services that we provide are also growing. Service Planners join with additional skills to provide treatment, care and support and current planners are seizing their own opportunities to increase their skills.
Some of the most recent recruits to join the Service Planning team are great examples of the increasing expertise, mixed with upskilling for the planners already on board. Read their profiles to learn more.
There are a number of ways that the LSA has progressed during these first years. Supporting people to make their own decisions and working with them to meet their goals is part of our day-to-day approach.
It was interesting to hear from people at the most recent Participant Forum on their thoughts about travelling. The discussion included some of the challenges that people often don’t think about in their planning. Thanks to those who attended the forum – and in particular – to the people who shared their travel stories.
Terry Lee, our latest participant who is about to start a TV career, was a star when we filmed parts of a segment for the Channel 9 program, Building Ideas, which will be broadcast on Sunday, 11 August at 4pm.
The Participant Reference Group is contributing to decision-making, providing their advice on how to assess where travel and recreation equipment meets the ‘necessary and reasonable’ rules that determine the support that participants can receive.
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This article was featured in the 2018 Winter Edition of LSS News. The LSS Update is a quarterly enewsletter from Tamara and the LSA team.