Mount Gambier office opening

The official opening of Minda’s Mount Gambier-based office, Disability Choices, means that families living across the Limestone Coast now have access to a much greater range of day options, in-home support, advice, advocacy, training packages, allied health services recreation and leisure activities for adults and children of all ages.

Minda CEO, Cathy Miller, said the Mount Gambier office – officially opened on Tuesday 1 May by Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee - strengthens Minda’s regional presence and meets the growing demand from families wanting local access to support services and programs.

“This is great news for the entire Limestone Coast region and fills a major gap in local support. In partnership with State Government through a Future Jobs fund grant this will also create 100 jobs and provide a range of additional economic benefits to the local community,” Ms Miller said.

“Minda has a strong presence and reputation for excellence in the southern metropolitan area, and more recently in Adelaide’s north, so it is fantastic to now expand into other parts of the State. We have already received a number of enquiries from the Limestone Coast region by people keen to engage Minda as their service provider of choice.

“We already support more than 1700 people with disability in metropolitan and regional South Australia, and the community has told us there is significant unmet need in the Limestone Coast region due to the limited existing services available.”

Ms Miller said that local families also want help with navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme and advice on how it might impact on their specific circumstances and needs.

“Disability Choices is the gateway to services and supports at Minda and we’re proud to set the benchmark in South Australia when it comes to individualised program options that puts a person at the very centre of decision-making, and we have gone to great efforts to transform our organisation to best-prepare for the widespread changes arising from the National Disability Insurance Scheme,” Ms Miller said.

“Families have told us they are lost when it comes to knowing what they or their child wants or needs and are confused about what is available to them. Minda will help them to better understand the NDIS and what it means to individuals and their families.

“We expect strong local demand for our highly-popular MyPATH day program, as well as allied health services, and we also plan to explore the need for accommodation and respite service options for people with disability in the region.”

MyPATH offers a range of learning pathways tailored to the wants and needs of the individual, providing opportunity to develop skills and foster independence in activities such as cooking, pottery, gardening and various community-based outings. It also encourages development of skills that can lead to supported employment.