Scope selected to deliver accommodation support services by Victorian Government

Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings Jenny Kevin Stone, VALID Margaret Ruff, mum of Ray, a participant Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley

Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings, Scope CEO Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald, Kevin Stone from VALID, Margaret Ruff – mum of Ray – a participant, and Martin Foley Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing.

Scope is honoured to have been selected by the Victorian Government to deliver supported independent living services to residents living in 226 specialist disability accommodation houses and participants accessing 12 short-term accommodation and assistance (respite) services across Victoria.

The Victorian Government has taken a positive step forward to ensure the ongoing delivery of high quality disability services.

Scope was selected as a high-quality, not-for-profit provider with deep links to the community and strong credentials supporting people with disability.

Scope Chief Executive Officer Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald says Scope had been preparing and working closely with the Victorian Government to transfer the services.

“Scope is honoured to work with the Victorian Government to achieve this shared vision to achieve the best possible outcomes for people with disability, their families and the staff who support them. We’re driven by our mission, so we’re excited by the opportunity to support even more people to live as empowered and equal citizens.

“With 70 years’ experience delivering disability support services, we have deep experience supporting people with intellectual, physical and multiple disabilities, and exceptional knowledge and experience in the NDIS.”

“This significant initiative coincides with a historical milestone for Scope. We’re celebrating our 70th Anniversary this month, remembering our beginnings when a group of families who were seeking much needed support for their kids banded together and created Scope.”

Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald on DHHS transfer

Today, Scope delivers a range of disability support services and therapy to more than 6000 adults and children with disability, and their families across Victoria.

Dr Fitzgerald said Scope’s main priority was to ensure a seamless continuity of support for residents and their families, and staff.

“The first thing we’ll be doing is listening and learning from residents, their families and also staff, and their representatives, who are transferring – to ensure we understand their hopes, concerns and goals. We particularly recognise the existing work and quality of staff as well as their relationships with people they support, and will seek to harness these strengths.

“Our approach to the transfer will be guided by the Scope Approach, a set of strongly embedded values that define our organisation. Foremost of these is “See the Person” – this is the heart of Scope, the conviction in the “personhood” of each individual, regardless of disability.”

Dr Fitzgerald added that Scope will also be working with each resident and their family and supports to help them transfer to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Scope has been a strong supporter of the NDIS since its inception and have been delivering services in the NDIS environment since the Barwon Trial in 2013.

Scope was chosen based on a history of delivering high-quality and safe supports, strong leadership teams who support a positive culture of excellence, and for their approach to working in close partnership with people with disability, their family, and the wider community.

If you’re a resident or family member with services transferring to Scope, find out more information here.

About Us

Scope’s mission is to enable each person to live as an empowered and equal citizen. We support people with physical, intellectual and multiple disabilities and developmental delays to achieve their goals. Across Victoria, Scope provides services to thousands of people with disability across more than 100 service locations.

Scope is a registered provider under the NDIS and delivers a range of services including supported independent living, short term accommodation (respite), lifestyle options and therapy.

Scope was recently named on the Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Most Innovative Companies in Australia and New Zealand.

Media

To organise an interview with Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald, please contact:

Michelle Paterson
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T: 03 9843 2031
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E: mpaterson@scopeaust.org.au

Gemma Rutland
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