|Good Life Cooperative||
In the next three years, many hundreds of thousands of Australians in disability, aged care and mental health will have an opportunity to self-direct their supports through an individual support package. To enable this to happen on a large-scale, an easy-to-find and easy-to-use method of self-direction is needed that can be taken up by Australians in every part of the country.
New technology platforms make self-direction feasible at low-cost.
The Good Life Cooperative is a tool for collaboration between individuals and families, support organisations, and support workers, in making self-direction work on a large scale.
In the next three years, large service providers in disability and aged care will merge and form super-agencies operating on a national basis to take advantage of the NDIS, aged care and mental health reforms. Small and innovative groups will have to collaborate to compete with these mega-agencies. The small and innovative groups have competitive advantages over large service providers on price (taking considerably less from packages in fees and charges) and personalized service, but have competitive disadvantages in systems, capacity and marketing.
Mutual and peer-support mechanisms in self-direction will be sought by increasing numbers of individuals and families as integral parts of a DIY method of self-direction. The Good Life Cooperative is a means of hosting and facilitating these support mechanisms.
The Good Life Cooperative will be
a provider of shared services in self-direction
a quality assurance mechanism in self-direction
an innovation and development mechanism in developing new tools and products
a host and facilitator of peer and mutual support options
a provider of training options
a marketing arm for members enabling large-scale competition with service providers
Members will constitute the cooperative’s governing board of 9 directors as follows:
Package holders - 3 members of the board elected by all members
Support coordinators - 2 members of the board elected by all members
Support workers - 2 member of the board elected by all members
Potential package holders - 2 membersof the board elected by all members
Independent - 1 appointed by the board.
The cooperative will not seek government funding in order to establish its independence from government service systems, and to ensure that it remains accountable only to its members.