Institute for Urban Indigenous Health
The Benevolent Society and the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) have partnered together to help First Nations Islander families in South East Queensland access NDIS Early Childhood Approach (ECA) services.
The partnership started in 2020 as a pilot program aimed to redress the lack of awareness and equitable access to NDIS support by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the region. Taking into consideration that past policies, practices and history are still impacting today, the partnership aims to support clients to live the life that they choose by connecting them to culturally-appropriate services and walking alongside them through the application process for a better experience with less confusion.
Watch the following short video about the partnership between The Benevolent Society and IHUH:
The collaboration between The Benevolent Society and IUIH has reduced barriers to access services and cultivated trust within the community, through a culturally meaningful and client-centred approach.
The partnership ensures that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island families are provided with culturally appropriate processes which allows families to have better experiences, less confusion and reduces stress which gives them the liberty to concentrate on their child/children’s needs.