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Carer and service providers’ experiences of individual funding models for children with a disability in rural and remote areas

Dew, Angela, Bulkeley, Kim, Veitch, Craig, Bundy, Anita, Lincoln, Michelle, Brentnall, Jennie

Academic Literature

2013

Drawing on data from a larger study into therapy service delivery in a rural and remote area of New South Wales, Australia, this study describes some benefits and barriers to using individual funding (IF) to access therapy services in rural areas.

Ten carers and 60 service providers participated in audio-recorded focus groups and individual interviews during which IF was discussed. Greater access to and choice of therapy providers were identified as benefits of IF. Four barriers were identified: (i) lack of information and advice; (ii) limited local service options and capacity; (iii) higher costs and fewer services and (iv) complexity of self-managing packages. A range of strategies is required to address the barriers to using IF in rural and remote areas. Carers indicated a need for: accessible information; a local contact person for support and guidance; adequate financial compensation to offset additional travel expenses and coordinated eligibility and accountability systems.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Health & Social Care in the Community

Location : International

Domain/s: Sector development and sustainability

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