For Newmarket artist and photographer, Magda Labuda, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides her with the support she needs to continue her professional development.
Madga’s passion for art began in 2001 when she completed a beginner’s photography course in high school.
“My photography originally started because I kept jumping between Australia and Europe. Jumping between the two continents it was kind of a good way of documenting where I had been, and to capture what is around me,” she said.
She has since gone on to complete a Diploma of Art from the Australian National University, receive the Heiser Gallery’s Emerging Artist Award in 2011, and become a finalist in the Moreton Bay Regional Art Awards in 2017.
Magda uses her NDIS funding to attend professional art development workshops.
“At the moment, I have support to attend two photography groups as well as a dietician.
“I have really enjoyed having support.”
Magda is currently displaying one of her photographs at the Access Arts ‘Time’ exhibition at St Andrews War Memorial Hospital in Spring Hill; a beautiful image of the Brisbane cityscape at night.
Apart from her art, Magda continues to explore the diverse range of support options available to her with NDIS funding, with help from Megan, her Local Area Coordinator (LAC).
“There are other things I would like to do but I wasn’t sure at first how to approach it.
“I then spoke to my LAC Megan about the options and I came up with a small list of people to contact. Now I can choose the people that I like and what services suit me best.”
Carers Queensland can support you to find out more about the NDIS, to apply for funding and to help you get started with the NDIS.
If you have a disability but are not eligible for the NDIS, Carers Queensland can also help you identify and link to options for support in your community.
To find out more about how the NDIS and Local Area Coordination program can work for you, visit Carers Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane Region at Level 1, 120 Chalk Street Lutwyche or call 3215 9600.
You can also contact Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636, or email@example.com