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A user’s guide to the National Disability Insurance Scheme was officially released this week, providing expert commentary on the ground-breaking scheme for people with disabilities, their families, carers, lawyers and health practitioners.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme Handbook – co-authored by Slater and Gordon National Practice Group Leader Bill Madden along with Janine McIlwraith and Ruanne Brell – examines the key access criteria, compensation entitlements and other features of the scheme.

“The creation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme was a watershed legal development that will significantly change the support options available to people who need it in Australia,” Mr Madden said.

“We wrote this book as a user’s guide to help people who were looking to access the scheme.

“As part of the guide we have looked closely at the issue of eligibility, examining the criteria around age, residence and disability.

“We have also looked at how and where decisions will be made about the operation of the scheme and provided some commentary about how it is likely to work in practice.

“The National Disability Insurance Scheme represents a once-in-a-generation change to the way services and support will be provided in this country.

“We hope this book, published by Lexis Nexis, will help people fully understand what the changes could mean for them.”

About Bill Madden:

Bill is the National Practice Group Leader, Medical Law at Slater and Gordon Lawyers and teaches at the University of Western Sydney, the University of Melbourne and the Queensland University of Technology.

Bill Madden and Janine Mcllwraith have also co-authored ‘Australian Medical Liability’, released earlier this year