The National Auslan Interpreter Booking & Payment Service, better known as NABS will move into the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The NABS program provides a service that books and pays for an accredited interpreter to assist people whose first language is Australian Sign Language in their medical consultations that attract a Medicare rebate, or specified health consultations, provided in a private medical practice by a general practitioner, specialist or health professional.
Until recently, approximately 700 NABS users who do not have an active NDIS plan were set to lose their access to the NABS.
But the Government has given Deafness Forum assurances that it will implement arrangements, probably of a short term nature, to stop people falling between the gaps.
When we learn about the detail we will promote the information widely.