Sambell Oration 2016: The genesis of the NDIS; bringing competing agendas together

1 December 2016

Disability champion Rhonda Galbally reflects on the long journey to one of the biggest social policy reforms ever in Australia, and the challenges ahead.

Dr Galbally reflects on changing attitudes to disability from the medical model to segregated services, de-institutionalisation, the push for mainstream inclusion and the National Disability Insurance Scheme. She says, however, that the 1950s approach of people with disabilities being out of sight and mind is still alive today, and the struggle to ensure they can fully participate in the community continues. She calls for a strong network of peer support groups, and resources for it, to address the barriers that still shut people out of society.

Rhonda Galbally

Rhonda Galbally, AO, was a key leader in the campaign to establish the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Now she is a member of the NDIS Board and Principal Member (Chair) of the NDIS Independent Advisory Council. A CEO and board member for 30 years in business, the public sector and philanthropy, she led the development of cutting edge organisations such as the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and the social enterprise Our Community.

Read Rhonda Galbally’s speech (PDF, 212KB)


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