Topics:  disability, mission australia, parent connect, sean choat

Support scheme on way to aid young with disability

Sean Choat
Sean Choat Contributed

IPSWICH parents who have babies or young children with a disability will soon have access to a new scheme that will link them to support services.

The support is part of the State Government's Parent Connect plan.

Member for Ipswich West Sean Choat said Mission Australia would receive $125,000 in recurrent funding, as well as a one-off payment of $10,000 to set up and deliver the Parent Connect service in the area.

"The Parent Connect initiative will help guide parents of newborns and children aged up to six with a newly-diagnosed disability or developmental delay through the early days of seeking services and support," Mr Choat said.

"We know that those early days of discovering your baby or child has a disability are incredibly difficult for parents and families.

"This facilitator will assist parents in navigating the support system, helping them determine a response for their family.

"Parents will be referred to Parent Connect through a range of avenues such as hospitals, the Mums and Bubs program, local service providers and through the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services."

Mission Australia is one of four Queensland organisations to share in a total of $4 million over four years, as well as one-off funding of $80,000 towards establishment costs to deliver Parent Connect services.

Mr Choat said the government had started funding for the organisations that would deliver the plan and work was under way to have the services up and running early next year.

"The Newman government has delivered on another one of our election commitments," Mr Choat said.



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