APC E-News – Summer Edition 2017

Welcome to the Summer Edition of the APC E-News.

Below you will find information about upcoming events – the NDIS, Bandaged Bear Breakfast and AMP Camp 2017

From all the Team at APC, we hope that you have a fantastic Summer and we look forward to another great year!

NDIS Update

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing disability support that takes a lifetime approach.

The NDIS will provide all Australians under the age of 65 who have a disability that is likely to be permanent and significant with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.

The NDIS is for those who are:

  • Under 65 years of age (at the time of application)
  • Have a permanent disability
  • Require support for the rest of their lives

The National Disability Insurance Scheme, NDIS, has been in full roll out in NSW since July 2016.  This means that there is an area by area approach to when you will be able to access the scheme. Over the next few years, those who fit the NDIS criteria and have been funded under EnableNSW will be required to transfer over the NDIS.

We have now spoken with a number of clients who have become participants of the NDIS and are undergoing their introductory planning meetings.

These planning meetings are where you discuss your functional goals and any current limitations you are experiencing with a representative from the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) – your Planner.

The main tip that we have received from those that have undertaken their meetings is that it is vital that when you attend your planning meeting with the NDIA, you need make sure there is an allowance for a Prosthetic Assessment in your plan.

You do not need to discuss what components and types of prostheses you need with your planner, as this will be included in your assessment and report to be completed by your Prosthetist.

Please ask your planner to include 4 hours for this Prosthetic Assessment, which will cover the time taken for you to be assessed by your Prosthetist and develop a treatment plan.

Your assessment with your Prosthetist will include:

  • Discussions about your functional goals
  • Discuss ways in which these goals can be achieved
  • Assessment of your functional abilities (usually an AMPPro Assessment)
  • Formulate a prosthetic prescription and treatment plan

Your Prosthetist will then write a report to be sent to the NDIA. This will include:

  • A brief history of your prosthetic management to date
  • Results of an outcome assessments undertaken (eg AMPPro)
  • What types of prostheses you require to meet your functional goals
  • Justification as to how these prostheses are reasonable and necessary to help meet your functional goals
  • Equipment Request Forms
  • Itemised quotation for any proposed treatment plan

If you have been through the planning process and have any feedback that you would like to pass on to others, please let your prosthetist know.

Bandaged Bear Breakfast 2017

APC Prosthetics would like to invite you to our annual Bandaged Bear Breakfast event held on 24th March 2017 at our Northmead facility. All funds raised will go directly to The Limb Deficiency Clinic for The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, to provide world-class care and treatment to thousands of children.

Come and join us for breakfast, meet our special guest, Long Jump Paralympian, Sarah Walsh, and get involved with fun activities such as face painting, raffle prize draws, and more!

When: 24th March 2017
Time: 8-10am
Location: 2 Redbank Road, Northmead NSW 2152
Please RSVP by 13/02/2017 on 02 9890 8123 or email Lisa at lschrei@apcprosthetics.com.au

If you would like to share your support, please donate online at: https://bandagedbearappeal.gofundraise.com.au/page/bba17

AMP Camp 2017

This year AMP Camp will be held on 10th-12th of March at Teen Ranch in Cobbitty, NSW. AMP Camp is a unique opportunity for young amputees aged 12 years and older to:

  • Meet other amputees and make new friends
  • Learn from others and guest speakers
  • Socialise, have fun, be inspired and be educated
  • Enjoy loads of activities like high ropes, giant swing, rock climbing and many more!

Please read further for the message from AMP Camp organisers about how you can help support this awesome event.

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Dear members of the AMP Camp Tribe and friends of AMP Camp,

AMP Camp has been an annual peer support event since 2011, bringing together young people from all over Australia who have suffered amputation, congenital limb loss or limb difference.  It is the only support opportunity for youth with limb loss nationally. The success of AMP Camp has been overwhelming, with numbers and need increasing yearly – feedback tells us that all campers have highly valued attending Camp. In March we will hold our 7th Amp Camp!  Since the beginning we have made every effort to ensure AMP Camp is affordable and accessible to all attendees. We have done this through the generosity of various grant & funding schemes.

Unfortunately, this year we have been unsuccessful in raising the funds needed to meet the increase in need. We have funding to cover the cost of the Camp itself but no funding to cover the cost of travel as we have done so successfully in the past.

The implications of this will impact many of the campers who fly from interstate. More than half of the campers who have registered for 2017 camp. So this message is a call to action for all who love AMP Camp. We need your help to raise funds or many will not be able to come.

Thank you heaps in advance for all you can do!

Yours sincerely,
AMP Camp Organisers
 
P.s. Please note that donations to the Amputee Association are tax-deductible.