Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Why Spending More Money Does Not Increase Quality Or Sustainability In Disability Services

John Pini’s post, quoting Michael Kendrick, reminds me to refer readers to Michael’s "Some reasons Why Spending More Money Does Not Inexorably Improve Service Quality And Sustainability" in Crucial Times of 2006.

While you’re there all the other articles are relevant to what we should be incorporating in any national disability strategy. These are among the voices that must be heard:

A Sustainable Community For My Son, by Sally Richards

Sustaining The Vital Essence Of A Family-Governed Service, by Elsie Butler


Sustainability and Spirituality, by Noel Preston AM




  1. Hi Erik,

    Thanks for the link to Kendricks article and the others. I absolutely agree with Kendricks sentiminents. He also has a website at the following address

    He requires some details about why you wish to access an article, however I've read some of them and they are well worth a visit.


  2. Hi Erik,

    I have reread the articles above and agree with Kendrick's ideas in particular. As I mentioned in my previous post,I have read a few of his articles over the last 10 or so years and they are insightful and thought provoking with regard to disability issues.

    As you and others have also mentioned in your posts on this list, the implementation of an NDIS or any other new disability system doesn't only involve the allocation of new funding. Without thoroughly analysing and understanding the reasons why the current system is failing to meet the needs of service users and rectifying them, an NDIS or any other funding in my opinion wouldn't necessarily improve outcomes for people with disabilities and their families.

    Thank you also for providing your powerful insight as well. I'm looking forward to reading the comments of others here and elsewhere as well. Jen.