Ninti has been working in the disability sector in remote Australia for the past decade, working on a number of major projects.

Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) National Readiness Grants – National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

Through this project, Ninti worked with five remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the NT (Tiwi Islands, Groote Eylandt, Yirrkala, Tennant Creek, Ntaria and Mutitjulu and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara [APY] Lands) to ensure people living with disability have the capacity and capability to participate in community life and are empowered to make their own decisions and choices. The project led to the development of the Disability in the Bush app, which offers information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and support opportunities. Learn more about the Disability in the Bush app here.

This work builds on the successful Interplay Project, which Ninti delivered under the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP).

Perspectives of Aboriginal people on disability and care in the Barkly Region of the Northern Territory

The purpose of the research, which was commissioned by National Disability Services as part of a national disability workforce project, was to understand how care and support is provided to people with disabilities and the different roles played by families and services, what people with disabilities think about the support they receive now and what they think would improve their wellbeing if they could choose more support. This research captured perspectives and insights of Aboriginal people with disabilities and of their carers. It made use of ethnographic methods, such as observation, case studies and stories as a means of exploring the lives, interests and priorities of people with disabilities and their carers in the Barkly Region.

Supporting the effective design of services for Anangu with disabilities in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands

Ninti was engaged by the Lifetime Support Authority (LSA) and National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to work with APY communities to co-design services for people living with disabilities. Ninti engaged its local Aboriginal Community Researchers to interview people in two selected communities to gauge perceptions and attitudes towards disability of people living in the APY Lands and how these perceptions and attitudes can drive innovative design and delivery of services by NDIA and LSA.