A national disability insurance scheme: What social work has to offer

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Fawcett, Barbara and Plath, Debbie. (2014). A national disability insurance scheme: What social work has to offer. The British Journal of Social Work. 44(3), pp. 747 - 762. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcs141
AuthorsFawcett, Barbara and Plath, Debbie
Abstract

This paper appraises key features of the recently proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia and explores underpinning conceptualisations of ‘disability’, ‘autonomy’, ‘choice’ and ‘assessment’. In particular, it examines the ways in which the Scheme reconfigures a continuation of individualised payments and care package policies. These proposals can be seen to have international significance in terms of how new policy is formulated and also implemented in this controversial field. It is argued that, by utilising embedded human rights perspectives, social work practice principles and social model understandings of disability, social workers can play a crucial role in reframing the opportunities presented by key policy changes.

Keywordsdisability; social constructionism; insurance; self-determination; choice
Year2014
JournalThe British Journal of Social Work
Journal citation44 (3), pp. 747 - 762
PublisherOxford University Press
ISSN0045-3102
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcs141
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84899560476
Page range747 - 762
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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